First aid competition winners
3:46pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
RECENTLY Air Cadets from 372 (Barry) Squadron participated in an all-Wales first aid competition for the Army, Air and Sea cadet forces and came away as winners.
The two-day competition held at Cwrt Yr Gollen tested the first aid skills and knowledge of the cadets in a realistic environment requiring a cool head and quick thinking.
The competition includes a practical team test for a team of three cadets and a practical individual test for each team member. The team test lasted for ten minutes, where the cadets had to assess the situation, make the area safe, carry out a primary survey of the casualties, diagnose and treat the injuries found; whilst arranging for help and assistance.
Each cadet also had an individual test - to carry out CPR on an unconscious non-breathing casualty. The cadets also had an unexpected test to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) which they had never been trained to use before. Again the cadets remained cool and followed the simple instructions.
The Cadets who won the competition were: Ellie, Zena and Georgina Poulakis, Rachel Carbis, Georgia James and Steph Jones.
Cadet Zena Poulakis (13) said: "I really enjoyed the competition, initially I was scared but once the competition started my training kicked in. I was really pleased to win."
The cadets were trained by Jayne Hillard who said: "Well done to everyone who did the squadron proud. I am glad that all the cadets also enjoyed the competition; they worked so well in their teams. The skills which the cadets have learnt may be needed some day and I have confidence that the cadets will handle any situation".
Both teams have now been selected to go to the National First Aid competition at RAF Cranwell in a few weeks time.
As well as adventure training the cadets also enjoy flying, gliding, shooting, sports, visits, air shows, overseas trips, leadership and citizenship training in a full and action-packed training programme.
If you have a spirit for adventure, 372 Squadron has vacancies for boys and girls between 13-18 years old. The Squadron parade on Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm-9.30pm behind Adams Funeral Parlour (by the Memorial Hall) or you can contact the Squadron on 01446 747734, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.372squadron.org for more information.