Fingers on the Pulse

How would you feel faced with a casualty suffering from a broken arm, severely bleeding wounds or suffering a heart attack? This list of injuries is enough to have the local emergency services on standby but for a group of young air cadets it is all in a weekends work!

Luckily, for the casualties this was just an exercise and cadets of 51 (Orton) Squadron Air Training Corps rose to the challenges put to them, and went on to successfully pass the St John National Youth First Aid assessments over the weekend and handled every situation very professionally.

The cadets had a weekend of intensive training, and were not fazed by all the artificial blood, dubious acting by some, and bandaging skills that could have graced the Pyramids “Mummies.” Subjects covered included CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), Choking, bleeding, bandaging and dealing with unconscious casualties to name a few.

Officer Commanding 51 (Orton) Squadron, Pilot Officer Angela Bone, course trainer and Paramedic said, “The cadets have grown in confidence over the weekend. They have shown they can put into practice the skills and knowledge learnt that could ultimately help to save a life. Having the confidence, skills and abilities to take charge in demanding situations and at the same time be caring and professional towards the needs of the casualties they come across. This life skill is priceless. The more cadets and young people with these sorts of skills in the wider community is a valuable resource to have where we live and work.”

If this has interested you, why not visit for more information. The Squadron is Recruiting now until the end of May. If you are aged between 13-18 come along to our last open night on 27 May 1930hrs, or come to any parade night Tuesday and Wednesday between 1900-2115 at the Squadron HQ. You will find us at Orton Longueville School near the main reception.

Chris Bone
Squadron Warrant Officer