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Youth First Aid!

First aid is a vital skill for anyone, but especially the staff and cadets of an organisation such as the Air Training Corps (ATC) who are active in the community. The first aid training within the ATC teaches lifesaving skills, using one of three courses: Heartstart, Youth First Aid (YFA) and Activities First Aid (AFA). Heartstart is a two-hour emergency first aid session, provided by the British Heart Foundation, and covers dealing with an unconscious casualty, recognising a heart attack, recognising cardiac arrest, performing CPR, deal with chocking, respond to serious bleeding and provides an awareness of defibrillators. All of these skills are taught to cadets and staff members within the first three months of joining the ATC. The next steppingstone for cadets is the 12-hour St John Ambulance Youth First Aid course, teaching the topics covered within Heartstart as well as a whole range of other key topics to give cadets the confidence to help in an emergency. Upon reaching the age of 16, cadets and staff members have the opportunity to complete the 2-day St John Ambulance AFA course, which is an industry recognised course at an equivalent level to a first aid at work course. All the training and assessments are provided in house, with no charge for any of it to allow the training to be accessible to all. Hopefully the training never has to be used, however if it did, the cadets and staff members would have the knowledge and skill set to do so effectively.

Do you fancy getting involved in any of these activities? Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Aged between 12 (and in year 8 ) and 17? JOIN AIR CADETS. We are recruiting now, send us a message to find out more and join us next week as we continue our #WhatWeDoWednesday articles.
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