On Thursday 11th February, Air Cadets of 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron were visited by East Midlands Ambulance Service to show the cadets all of the equipment that they would have to use in an emergency and to talk about their role. The visit was conducted by East Midlands Ambulance Service Clinical Tutor, Adrian Utting, who is also one of the Wing Staff Officers within South and East Midlands Wing.
The equipment that was shown was from Squadron Leader Utting’s rapid response car, which is normally sent out before an ambulance as it can get out to a patient more quickly than an ambulance can and allows the paramedics to judge if the patient is in need of an ambulance. During the night, the cadets were shown a range of kit that is carried in the rapid response cars including equipment bags in a variety of shapes and sizes; the bags are also colour coded to speed up the process of finding the drugs, needles and other equipment such as defibrillators.
To help emphasise their knowledge, when the Melton Air Cadets weren’t looking around the lifesaving equipment, they were learning lifesaving skills with the help of local Saint John Ambulance trainer, Mrs Kate Wright. Kate put the cadets through their paces by testing their knowledge of the primary survey and checking what basic first aid skills the cadets have. All of the air cadets got the chance to practice the recovery position and develop their confidence in the event that they ever had to put their first aid skills into action.
Corporal Sam Hopwood, aged 16, said “It was very interesting to see what paramedics have to do, and how all the equipment works. The night gave us some really useful information on what to do if we should find ourselves in an emergency situation. I feel much more confident that I’d know what to do now if I there was an emergency.”