On Saturday 6th September, a team of four cadets from 5F (Northampton) Squadron were victorious in winning the Air Training Corps National First Aid competition at Beckingham Ranges, Lincolnshire.
The team, made up of Cdt Ashleigh Travill, Cdt Sgt Luke Vanderhoeven, Cdt Jasmine Mason and Cdt Cpl Helen Lacey ® competed against eleven other teams from around the country.
Overall the competition was close with only 11 points separating 2nd to 6th place. However, the cadets from 5F outclassed their opposition to take 1st place with a 31 point clear lead and with over 100 points ahead of the 12th placed team.
Not content with winning overall, Cdt Cpl Helen Lacey and Cdt Ashleigh Travill also finished 1st and 2nd in the Laerdal resuscitation challenge. Cdt Cpl Lacey scored an outstanding 100%
The team were presented with their medals, plaques and trophy by Group Captain Brett Morrell, Regional Commandant Central & East Region ATC.
Flt Lt Carol Haynes, Officer Commanding 5F (Northampton) Squadron said
“ The whole squadron is extremely proud of the first aid team. They have worked exceptionally hard to achieve this high standard.”
They now go on to compete in the Young Grand Prior competition in December, pitting their skills against selected teams from other cadet forces, St John Ambulance cadets and schools.
The team had to manage an incident – from making the area safe to dealing with the casualties and their injuries to calling the emergency services with correct information. They also had to complete individual scenarios.
Injuries dealt with on the day included a dislocated knee, open fractured arm, broken collarbone, broken wrist, severe bleeding, unconscious casualty and concussion.
The ‘Resuscitation challenge’ set by Laerdal, manufacturers of resuscitation models, involved each cadet entering a room and dealing with what they found. There was a realistic full size resuscitation model which was unconscious and not breathing. Each cadet had to complete a minimum of 3 cycles of resuscitation and the effectiveness was recorded to computer.