Cadets from 2120 (Witney) Squadron joined others from 2121 (Abingdon) and 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron to complete their St John Ambulance Youth First Aid (YFA) over the weekend 7th and 8th January 2017. 2120 Squadron were by far the largest contingent present with 9 Cadets participating and 2 staff supporting.
Covering a very broad subject range, the courses provides Cadets with emergency first aid skills useful in the home, school and out-and-about in the street. The syllabus, which teaches everything from how to make an effective 999 call right through to dealing with heart attacks and conducting CPR, features a lot of practical training and Cadets are assessed by conducting first aid in a practical, scenario based exercise.
Speaking at the culmination of training and assessments, Corporal Julietta Day and Cadet Natasha Holt both said:
“We wanted to do this course so much; it gives us a real amazing life skill that we can’t imagine not having now we know, what we know. The course has been so much fun and we’ve just learnt loads and proved we can actually do it with the assessments”.
Course Director, Flight Sergeant (ATC) Andy Morley added:
“All the Cadets that have taken part this weekend have shown a commitment to preservation of life and the treatment of the myriad of accidents that happen all around us, every day. They’ve worked very hard to learn a huge amount in just 12 hours and they leave here justly proud of their achievement”.
Pictured below are the Cadets and Directing Staff of Central Sector Youth First Aid (CSYFA) 01/17:
Flight Lieutenant Caffrey added:
“We’ve been incredibly lucky to have full use of the ‘Voyager Training Academy’ here at RAF Brize Norton, and the facilities have enhanced the learning environment. We have several other courses planned for 2017 and we aim to offer every eligible Cadet in Central Sector, Thames Valley Wing, at least one opportunity each to achieve this superb award”.
First Aid training is part of the Air Cadet syllabus and is offered to all Cadets, absolutely free. If you can see yourself taking part in these first aid training sessions, either as a Cadet participant or as an adult, please contact us for more information.
A special note of thanks is expressed to the Station Commander, Royal Air Force Brize Norton, and both AirTanker Services Ltd and Thales Training & Simulation Ltd for their generosity allowing us the use of the Voyager Academy to complete the course.