First Aid Training at 1220Cadets from 1220 (March) Sqn are ready to come to the rescue should you find yourself in need of first aid. The entire squadron have not only completed the Heartstart emergency first aid course but have recently been trained in the use of the AED or Defibrillator.

Matt Brown from the March Defib’ Charity kindly gave up his evening to take all the cadets through the finer points of using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

The squadron is rightly proud of its record with 42 cadets and all staff holding as a minimum the British Heart Foundation Heartstart Award. The majority of those cadets and staff have now undertaken training with Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

The training covered how to locate and access the town’s AEDs, of which there are over twenty, as well as hands on use and maintenance of the devices.

Flying Officer Colin Arnold one of the first aid trainers on Squadron said “Although the AED doesn’t necessarily need any training, getting hands-on experience means that cadets will have the confidence should they be called upon for real. March town is particularly well equipped with the devices.”

Many of 1220’s cadets and staff have gone on to gain further first aid qualifications including 25 with St John Youth First aid. Two members of staff and one staff cadet hold the Activity First Aid or First Aid at Work award and are also authorised to teach both Heartstart and Youth First Aid.