Young first aiders find out how to help in an emergency
PUBLISHED: 15:10 31 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:28 20 February 2013
Somerset's young first aiders have been learning about the county's emergency support system - and the role that is played by first aid.
Somersets young first aiders have been learning about the countys emergency support system and the role that is played by first aid.
Eighty Badgers (aged five to ten years old) gathered at St John Ambulance Somersets county headquarters near Bridgwater to meet members of the community that help people in times of crisis.
There were representatives, with their vehicles and equipment from:
Burnham Coast guard
Avon and Somerset Police - Police Dog section and local PCSO
South West Ambulance Service,
Weston Hospital (A+E) department
Green Watch from Bridgwater Fire Station
Bob Telfer Community Fire Support,
Nurses from Musgrove and Frenchay Hospitals
St John Ambulance Somerset ambulance and Cycle responder units
St John Ambulance Cadets from Wellington who ran casualty simulation workshops
Somerset St John Ambulance County Badger Leader Carolyn Newton said: The badgers were busy having 20 minute workshops with each agency, finding out what they did and the range of equipment they used to rescue and help people.
They were able to ask questions and try out equipment - including the fire hose! The police dogs came and gave a demonstration, with two dogs showing how they search for drugs and control crowds.
First aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. We teach first aid to very young children and know that they are more than capable of learning these skills and in some cases saving the lives of their friends and family. This day was aimed at expanding their knowledge so they are fully prepared to act responsibly in an emergency.
For more information on becoming a Youth leader, Assistant Leader or Helper within St John Ambulance Somerset go to sja.org.uk/somerset or contact 01278 726744.