Using fun to refine lifesaving skills

The 2019 Essex ACF First Aid Compettion

14 April 2019

Seven enthusiastic teams took part in the Essex First aid competition over the weekend in Warley Army Reserve Centre. The teams were competing in 2 age categories 12-16 and 17 plus. The Essex contest serves as a selection for the brigade event which will take place in Bassingbourn in May.

The younger cadets operated in teams of 4 and the senior teams consist of just 2 competitors. The events were based around a round robin of events including:

A simulated Road Traffic Accident, which had multiple casualties.

A poisoned casualty.

And casualty with a broken arm from a fall from height.

The teams rotated through each stand where an expert panel of adult volunteers judged their skills, looking at not just how they treated the casualty but also their communication skills.

Speaking to 14 year old Cadet Sherman from Brentwood who was acting as a casualty with an arm injury she said “I have learnt so much from the teams that have been providing my treatment, I hope that next year I can compete in the event”

The event was organised by LT Thompson, who for her day job is trainer with St Johns Ambulance she was very impressed with the quality of the first aid carried out and has high hopes for the Essex team at the brigade contest.

Speaking to Staff sergeant Evans who was judging one of the stands he commented: “the standard of training from the cadets was evidently high, but they would have benefited from more effort being put in to the preparation of their first aid kits”.

The day ended after lunch with the prize giving parade, the winning teams were confirmed for the juniors as C Company and the winning 17+ team was also C Company, a great job form C Company n doing the double! Indeed it was a great day and our champions are looking forward to winning again when they got to Bassingbourn next month.