New First Aiders
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By Cdt Joe Field - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
Over the 20th and 21st of December myself and three other cadets of 148 (Barnsley) Squadron participated in the St John Ambulance Red Badge First Aid course.
The early start on Sunday morning was soon forgotten once we began as the staff running the course made it interesting and enjoyable. One of the many things we were taught that day is how to deal with someone who is unconscious by checking the area of any potential danger, check for a response from the casualty, then go on to check their airway and breathing before acquiring help from a bystander.
A few cadets who had previously passed their red or green badge course kindly gave up their time to act as casualties in different challenging situations in which we had to use what we had learned beforehand. These incidents ranged from heart attacks and seizures to cuts burns and scalds. We even learned Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and practiced on the Resusci Anne training manikins.
For our assessment on the second day of the course we were challenged by a tricky scenario which tested our skills under immense pressure and our ability to control the complicated situation before us.
Everyone who took part in the course did very well and we all pleased to have passed.
Overall it was a very good two days. It is not only good to now have the qualification, but valuable and potentially life-saving skills have been learned that hopefully will never need to be used, but can be if necessary.
For more information please visit the Squadron website