A BUSINESS specialising in first aid supply and training saw the benefit of its services when the life of a 15 year old school boy was saved by teaching staff two weeks after they had completed a course with the firm.

Tadcaster-based First Rescue Training and Supplies was founded in 2003 and is hoping to impress judges in the Small Business of the Year categroy aftr more than tripling turnover over the last three years.

Delivering training, supplies and services locally and UK wide, First Rescue counts a range of customers among its portfolio from Local Authorities like City of York Council to clients such as British Gas.

Business Development manager Andy Shield said: "As a company from our directors to our training staff we genuinely enjoy what we do and we all get a lot of personal satisfaction especially when we hear of good news stories from those we have trained or supplied equipment to such as defibrillators.

"The latest story we are immensely proud of was the life of a 15 year pupil at Fulford School being saved by staff that we had trained in CPR only two weeks prior to his sudden cardiac arrest during P.E at school and they also used a defibrillator we had supplied to the school.

"We help out with community events such as York Life Saving Competition and York Lifesaving Club as well as running free ‘Save a Babies Life’ training sessions for local parents, grandparents and carers.

"We will continue to grow as a business increasing our portfolio of clients in a number of ways such as applying for more tender opportunities and continue to offer second to none service to all of our current customers."