Thursday, 15 December 2011 09:07

Local Cadets Gain First Aid Skills Featured

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Cadet-Ben-Bassindale-acts-as-casualtyEver wondered what you might have to do if you saw someone choking, bleeding, or even having a heart attack? So did Malmesbury air cadets, Corporals Tomas Talkowski, James Slade and Cadet Ben Bassindale, until they attended a one-day youth first aid course at 1304 (Chippenham) Squadron Air Training Corps, which was all it took to put them in ‘the know.’

The six hours spent with a professional, fully qualified first aid instructor taught the cadets all the skills they needed to know in order to be Saint John’s Ambulance first-aid qualified. They gained skills which included how to effectively deal with a choking casualty, administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to apply a bandage to a minor or severe bleed. They also learnt the very important skill of incident management.

Cadet Bassindale said, “Not many people are first aid trained so it is imperative that we have the skills necessary to save lives.”

The Youth First Aid qualification is available to anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 and is valid for 3 years. In addition, it is free if you are a member of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

Corporal Slade thought, “The qualification was very important to achieve and is one of those universal awards that is internationally recognised.”

Photo: Cadet Ben Bassindale (left) acts as casualty.

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