In conjunction with St. John Ambulance, twenty adult staff from across 14 Squadrons of South & East Midlands Wing attended a 1 day Food Safety training course on Saturday 13th September 2008 in Leicester. Subject to receiving their examination results, each attendee will gain the Level 2 Food Safety qualification issued by the Royal Institute of Public Health.
The course covered the importance of hygiene, the food handler’s legal responsibilities and their role in monitoring food safety procedures, and how to store, prepare, cook, hold and serve food safely. The course was presented by a St. John volunteer who also happened to be an Environmental Health Officer for Leicester City Council. This offered a real insight into the varying standards of food safety across the city and made for some very interesting debate during the day.
The course was organised by Squadron Leader Andy Pass (Wing Training Officer – Adult Development) who commented “it is hoped that all attendees have gained a further insight of basic food hygiene and will put into practice the principles when preparing food on adventure training camps or Squadron social functions”.
The attendees now eagerly await confirmation of their results and if successful, subsequent receipt of their certificate.