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Real life scenarios put cadets First Aid Skills to the test

Article posted: Feb 29, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Utting

A group of young people at Kettering Air Cadets are celebrating after passing their Youth First Aid badges with flying colours.

During the assessment 13 cadets were asked to take part in two challenges. Firstly cadets demonstrated their CPR techniques and showed testers that they knew how to put a patient in the recovery position.

The second task was far gorier with cadets working in pairs to stem the bleeding after a mock RAF serviceman was found with an amputated leg and a stomach injury with exposed intestines – both injuries meant that the patient was bleeding profusely.

Tracey Widdall, civilian instructor at Kettering Air Cadets, said: “It is great to be able to train and test our cadets using real life scenarios. Last year we bought some kit which includes a fully articulated mannequin and a technology which allows him to bleed realistically.

“By using this equipment we are able to get right to the heart of first aid training, show cadets what they might expect when dealing with an injury and truly test their skills when under pressure.”

First Aid training started last summer with cadets taking part in two lessons each month. Now that cadets have completed and passed their training they will be able to offer first aid help at the squadron, at home, at school and if a crisis happens in the community.

Kettering Air Cadets is currently recruiting for new members aged between 13 and 17. To find out more please visit: or telephone 01536 481 999. The Squadron meets every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7pm.