Cadets from 1109 (Thetford) Squadron took part in an emergency casualty evacuation exercise on Thursday 22nd June, organised by Squadron First Aid Officer, Flight Lieutenant Juliane Ovenden.
This exercise is designed to give cadets an experience as close to a real first aid event as possible. This is primarily to test their skills as first aiders but also helps identify where any further training may be required.
A range of wounds and scenarios were developed to cover all the main topics from shock to bleeding, head injuries to heart attacks and cadets actions were observed with a debriefing session at the end. One cadet commented that it was a little scary at first as they hadn’t expected ‘blood’ or their casualties to be such good actors!
Exercise Co-ordinator, Flight Lieutenant Juliane Ovenden said, ‘the cadets got over their initial shock and managed to treat all casualties with only a little input from supervising staff. They seemed to enjoy the challenge and have all asked to do more – and have a casualty simulation make-up session!’.