First Aid is a vital element of Air Cadet training and has just recently returned fully into our syllabus. The number and range of environments in which we train can result in cadets and staff encountering many and varied incidents.
It is of great community value for us to be able to respond proficiently and professional on these occasions.
The confidence that proper and comprehensive first aid training instils in us allows us to assist in the most appropriate manner. This can be as simple as calling for help and applying a plaster to more in-depth first aid techniques.
First Aid is also a training requirement of other Air Cadet activities, for example The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Part of which requires the participants to be fully proficient for an expedition or exploration lasting from between two to five days (depending on level). This includes being able to deal with a potential incident and promote well-being at both individual and team level.
In order to meet this requirement the Air Cadets, in partnership with the Army Cadet Force and St John Ambulance, have designed a qualification that can be taught and awarded at squadron level. This course will cover the following aspects of first aid:
The course will consist of about 8 hours tuition and is assessed by an external assessor in the format of a written multiple choice question paper and practical exercises.