Brechin cadets pass Heart Start course

The cadets undertook a Heart Start course
The cadets undertook a Heart Start course

Brechin air cadets have been learning vital life saving techniques at a recent training course at Squadron Headquarters.

Air Cadets from 2365 (Brechin) Squadron Air Training Corps took part in the ‘Heart Start’ training course.

A total of 13 cadets, aged from 12 to 17-years-old were taught emergency first aid, concentrating on how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), as well as being taught how to use a defibrillator unit.

The cadets were taken through each step from finding a casualty unconscious, checking for vital signs and then continuing to raise the alarm.

They also covered placing a casualty into the recovery position, performing CPR and, if needed, they demonstrated the correct use of the defibrillator.

During the night the cadets were using the ‘Resuci Ann’ training aids on which they practiced carrying out a head to toe survey of the casualty to see if it was necessary to carry out CPR and how to place the pads and correctly use the defibrillator machine.

In order to pass the training course, each individual cadet was lead through a scenario in which they had to provide CPR and correctly demonstrate the use of the defibrillator unit.

Craig Stoker, Officer Commanding at 2365 (Brechin) Corp, said: “All 13 cadets passed first time and will be presented with a Heart Start certificate.”

The Heart Start course, which is British Heart Foundation accredited, is the first step into more advanced and exciting first aid training provided to any and all cadets in the Air Cadet Organisation.

Heart Start courses usually take two hours to complete and cover caring for an unconscious person who is breathing, caring for an unconscious person who is not breathing and performing CPR, how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and how to deal with that, helping someone who is choking and helping someone who is bleeding badly.