On Saturday 24th November two teams from 5F(Northampton) Squadron travelled northwards towards Scunthorpe to take part in what is recognised as the UKs most prestigious First Aid competition. Organised by the Industry Steering Group and St John Ambulance, The ‘UK Championship for the Grand Prior Challenge’ event is made up of two days of competition. Day one (Grand Prior) is for adult teams who are National Industry winners and day two (Young Grand Prior) is for National winners from Youth organisations (Cadet services, schools etc) .
The Young Grand Prior competition is made up of 2 competitions for different age groups – 10-17 (cadets) and Young Adults aged 17-24 and the UKs top 14 teams from each age bracket are eligible to take part. 5F, were able to take both a cadet and a young adult team to Young Grand Prior having ‘swept the board’ at the ATC National competitions in October at RAF College Cranwell.
The day was busy, interesting and nerve wracking in equal measure for the teams and the staff that accompanied them. Each competition consisted of a team scenario, followed by individual scenarios for each team member.
The scenarios were all challenging and really tested the ability and knowledge of everyone taking part. Injuries ranged from fractured femurs, double arm fractures, severe bleeding, head injuries, attempted suicide with cut wrists, carbon monoxide poisoning, embedded glass injuries, anaphylactic shock with asthma, hypothermia, suspected spinal and soft tissue injuries and shock.
Whilst the teams from 5F did not win, they achieved a very respectable 6th place for the cadet team and 7th place for the Young Adult team. Considering the number of teams who have competed throughout the UK to reach this level of competition that is no mean feat!!
The teams now have their eyes on next year!!!
Submitted by CI.D.Upton
Adjutant, 5F(Northampton) Sqn