Seven Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron were recently presented with their red St John Youth First Aid Award badges. The award was earned by completing the course that was run at the Squadron HQ by Flight Sergeant Lauren Arnold.

Lauren Arnold with 1220 cadets after their assessments

Lauren Arnold with 1220 cadets after their assessments

During regular parade evenings Lauren led training sessions teaching the basics of first aid. Each session covered a different topic including dealing with broken bones and bleeds, when to use the recovery position, CPR (resuscitation) and the action to take when a casualty is in shock.

After twelve weeks of training during parade nights the cadets attended an assessment day at th

e Squadron HQ in Gas Road. Additional staff members were drafted in to help, who conducted the assessments or acted as casualties.

Cadet Kyle McLean (14) used the first aid training for the skill section of his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He said “I’ve really enjoyed learning a new skill and one that will be really useful. I hope I never actually have to use it, but feel confident that I could deal with a situation if I needed to”.