A fun day out riding bicycles in Irchester Country Park last weekend quickly turned into an emergency situation when Cadet Brandon Horne, 15, came off his bike after attempting a jump. Luckily for him, he was in company with fellow cadet Niall O’Rourke, also 15. Niall was able to come to his aid and managed to stay calm and put his first aid training to good use to help his friend.
Niall used his training to calm Brandon down and reassure him. He realised that Brandon had injured his arm and immobilised it. He also checked him over for other injuries and called for an ambulance. Whilst waiting for the ambulance Niall realised Brandon was in shock and used the skills he learnt at his squadron to prevent his condition from worsening. When the ambulance crew arrived Niall calmly told them what had happened.
Brandon was taken to hospital where he was treated for a broken arm and is now recovering at home. Following the incident, Brandon’s mother Sharon visited the squadron to praise Niall’s actions and thank staff for the training they provide cadets which has proved invaluable in helping her son when he needed it most.
Squadron First Aid Officer, Warrant Officer Alan Wiggs said after the incident, “Cadet O’Rourke has demonstrated the reason we teach cadets first aid skills. He was able to deal with the situation calmly and put his skills to good use. We wish Brandon a speedy recovery.”
Mannock Squadron is proud of the first aid training it offers to cadets. All new cadets receive Heartstart training and then further courses are available to all cadets which enable them to earn the Youth First Aid or Activity First Aid qualifications. About three quarters of the cadets at Mannock Squadron have now earned their Youth First Aid badge with more courses being run throughout the year.