11 October 2017

On Saturday 7th October Durham ACF joined uniformed young people from across all the UK cadet forces which assembled over the weekend at Yardley Chase Camp, Northampton. Cadets were able to demonstrate practical first aid skills in the cadet forces national and inter services competitions. Army cadets, sea cadets, Royal Marines, St John Ambulance and Police Cadets tackled a range of demanding and realistic scenarios both as individuals and as teams.

Over two days 16 scenarios, mostly in an outdoor setting, tested the cadets with realistic emergencies aided by dramatic casualty make-up. Our teams performed to an amazing standard once again coming out on top in both the cadet and young adult lanes. Durham ACF have now set a new national standard that no other ACF County can compare with.

Our cadet team was crowned as national first aid champions and placed second in the combined services cup. Meanwhile our young adult pair fought to be crowned as national and inter services champions. Inter services champions for the third year running as young adults. Our first national win was in 2010, this was then repeated in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and now 2017 in both cadet teams and young adults. Throughout the years Durham ACF have also been crowned as Inter Services Cadet Winners in 2013 and 2014 and inter services young adult champions in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Durham’s senior team was formed by Sergeant Instructor Connor Benson and PI Connor Anderson. The cadet team was led Corporal Callum Anderson along with Serjeant Kate Wilson, Corporal Jessica Davison and Corporal Taran Goodbrand.

Colonel Brian Kitching, Commandant Durham ACF, said “It is outstanding that Durham ACF have set a new national standard. I am thrilled that our teams continue to thrive on the national stage in first aid. Using their practical skills learnt to deal with real life situations and once again coming out on top nationally”.

Lieutenant William Oliver, Team Manager added, “this is an outstanding new record to which all in Durham ACF are very proud. Throughout the years a cross county selection of staff have contributed to this success. Thank you. This year, the teams performed brilliantly and these titles are very well deserved”.

To listen to a podcast by Corporal Callumm Anderson, follow this link; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyYHivGvJbQ

Durham ACF will now represent the UK Cadet Forces at the National St John Ambulance Competition in 2018.