8 Air Cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron recently took part in a Saint John Ambulance ‘Youth First Aid’ course to earn a new qualification, and more importantly, learn some life-saving skills.

To begin the course, which was led by Flying Officer Daniel McGlynn RAFVR(T), the cadets developed some of their basic first aid skills which they had learnt when they took part in the British Heart Foundation ‘Heartstart’ scheme. All of the cadets had already learnt these basic first aid skills but were now given more time to practice and perfect them.

Once they had developed these basic skills, the group of cadets learnt some new, more challenging first aid skills. These skills included the primary survey, how to tie a variety of slings and what to do to help somebody with a severe bleed. Another important aspect of the course is to be able to recognise conditions such as hypothermia, heat exhaustion, asthma, severe allergic reactions and much more. With 21 different topics to cover – the cadets have lots of fun but also a big challenge to try and learn everything.


Cadet Josh Davidson, aged 17, commented: “The Youth First Aid course was a very interesting course with lots of information to take in. We now know all the basics of first aid and can take it into the real world and put it to good use if we needed to.”

Anyone who is aged 12 and in Year 8 at school or upwards and is interested in seeing the wide range of activities on offer can visit the squadron on a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7.15pm at the Cadet Centre, Asfordby Road. More information can be found by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Article written by Cadet Corporal J. Roper