9 July 2018

On Sunday 8th July, Durham Army Cadet Force joined other teams from all over the North East Region, to take part in the 2018 brigade first aid championships. Durham ACF have taken gold for the sixth successive year at the brigade event, this is a record which cannot be compared with any other North East County.

Over the course of the day scenarios, mostly in an outdoor setting, tested the cadets with realistic emergencies aided by dramatic casualty make-up. In a new development at brigade level, scenarios were made even more realistic with an overall collective brief at the start of the day and then cadets stumbling across incidents with a shout for help, testing their natural ability and quick thinking!

All of the teams assembled to hear the results as the completion drew to an end. Taking all of the scores into account the final results were read out by Captain Catheryn Adcock, brigade first aid advisor in the nail biting wait. Durham ACF were announced as Champion County in first aid 2018 for the second year running. Presentations were made by Commandant Cleveland ACF, Colonel Tony Laker.

Durham’s Cadet A Team were crowed as the overall winners of the 2018 Brigade competition being presented Gold medals. The team was captained by Sergeant Callum Anderson, Sergeant Marc Hague, Lance Corporal Katie Lambie and Cadet Rose Curry all from B Company. Durham's B Team was announced in second place. This team was captained by Corporal Megan Rewcastle from B Company, Lance Corporal Grace Wilson, Lance Corporal Faye Rayner and Lance Corporal Samantha Taylor all from A Company.

Durham ACF also entered an adult team into this year’s competition and they were crowned as the overall winner for the 5th year running, led by SI Connor Benson along with SI Connor Anderson from B Company. SI Connor Benson and Cpl Megan Rewcastle were also winners of the top individuals in their respective lane.

Colonel Brian Kitching, Commandant Durham ACF said, “I am thrilled that our teams repeated last year’s success at the brigade event, forming a new record. Using their practical skills learnt as cadets to deal with real life situations and once again coming out on top, this is a tremendous result, well done”.

Durham ACF will now represent the North East at the 2018 National Event in September.