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2015-06-01 11:58:13
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By 739 Sqn Website - 739 (Scarborough) Squadron

739 Scarborough Squadron have recently been awarded two large grants which have enabled significant investment in vital training equipment.

Having been awarded £2,000 from the Scarborough branch of the Royal Air Force Association and £500 from the Mayoress’s Fund we have been able to fulfill a long held ambition on two fronts.

The RAFA grant; along with Squadron fundraising efforts at a bag pack at Morrison’s Supermarket in December 2014 was used to purchase Emergency Life Skills training equipment; namely two Little Annie resuscitation training devices, two Automatic External Defibrillator training devices as well as all required consumables to keep us going for a couple of years. The decision was taken for this investment due to the Air Cadet Organisation formalizing its training and setting deadlines for the training of all new cadets and staff members – 3 Months for the British Heart Foundations Heart-start course and 18 months for St John Youth First Aid.

Flight Lieutenant Steven Lewis, Officer Commanding said “This was a long held ambition for us here to instigate, and was already well in the planning stages when the ACO’s rules were changed – this gave us the incentive to keep going and secure the funding required which would normally be well beyond our means being such a small squadron.

We have integrated the training into the initial Junior cadet training which means that new cadets will attain 4 qualifications within their first few months – First Class Cadet and a Radio course in addition to the ELS courses. Already we have trained all but a few of our current cadets trained in both Youth First Aid and Heart-start.

We have selected the brightest young stars in these areas to be the Squadrons first dedicated cadet First aid team and they will be on hand at any public events to offer assistance.”

Having the correct training equipment may be key to offering these qualifications at no extra cost, but we also felt that it would be beneficial to obtain a “real” AED so that the cadets would be able to put their training to good use if required. We decided to apply for another local grant with the Mayoress’s Fund and we have been successful in this which has allowed us to purchase a Philips AED which can be used to restart a person’s heart if required. The unit is semi-automatic and guidance is given throughout making it user friendly. It also has a child key – a valuable device that reduces the voltage delivered to young children without the added cost of different electrode pads.

Flt Lt Lewis said “Having a real, live AED means we can potentially help save someone’s life if we ever have too. Studies show that early access to defibrillation can increase the chances of survival dramatically and our fully trained cadets and staff will be available with this device at any public events we attend. We will also be able to demonstrate their use with the training devices – the more the general public are aware of these devices and how to use them the more lives potentially can be saved.”

For more information please visit the Squadron website

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