This week we had a visit from Victoria O’Neill who is the training co-ordinator for the Maddison & Rumford Community Defibrillator Project to give us an overview of the work being completed to deploy community defibrillators in the Braes area.
As emergency response times can be up to 8 minutes the ability to provide basic life support until the emergency services arrive can really make the difference in a life and death situation.
The cadets spent the evening learning about the basics of CPR and how Automatic Electronic Defibrillators can be an essential tool in saving lives. For most of them this was the first time they managed to get hands on experience using the defibrillator training aids on Annie Training dolls. As a result, all the cadets were awarded with British Heart Foundation CALL-PUSH-RESCUE certificates for attending.
470 (Falkirk) Squadron has committed to having all our Staff and Cadets Heartstart qualified by the end of this year as part of our training syllabus before rolling out a more advanced training programme covering Youth First Aid. The Air Training Corps recognises the value that effective life support training can have and endorses the British Heart Foundations Heartstart initiative as the minimum form of first aid training for cadets and staff.
For more information on the project please visit their Facebook page: Maddiston & Rumford Community Defibrillator Project