On a recent parade night at the headquarters of 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron Air Cadets the ‘young’ T Flight cadets and ‘older’ members of the squadron’s civilian committee came together for a session of First Aid training and to learn the HeartStart procedure.
Completing the British Heart Foundation’s HeartStart training is a compulsory requirement for all cadets within the ATC organisation. It is an emergency life support skill that has been proven to help to save lives.
The evening training session included learning to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), dealing with choking, clearing airways and more, concluding with how to put a partially recovered casualty into the safe recovery position.
Course instructor, 42F’s Flying Officer Chris Barrett said “Our committee members are very often present at the same events as our cadets and they decided that attending and participating in a HeartStart training session could only be beneficial to themselves and the squadron.” Civilian committee secretary, Julie Lister added “Being a cadet for the evening was very enjoyable. Although most of our committee have had some level of first aid training in the past, we felt that to refresh these skills was most important”