Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Leuchars Cadets National Success


A team of four Air Cadets from Leuchars have proved themselves to be the best cadet First Aid team in the Air Training Corps.  The team, comprising of Cadet Sergeants Stephen Doherty and Calum Mitchell, Cadet Corporal Fraser Martin and Cadet Nathan Pike, travelled to RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire, along with their instructor, Warrant Officer Ally Bidgood, to demonstrate their ability to perform First Aid in both individual and team scenarios.  Marks were awarded for their ability to deal with casualties of a simulated road traffic accident and bystanders, as well as their communication with the emergency services.

 In an outstanding double success for the Squadron, Cadet Sergeant Stephen Doherty was adjudged best cadet in the competition.  His skills in the individual section of the competition, dealing with a casualty who had fallen from an obstacle course, were highly praised by all of the judges.

The team trophy and individual medals were presented to the cadets by Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McAfferty.

Speaking after the competition, Officer Commanding 2345 (Leuchars) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Lorraine Bidgood said “I am so proud of the Squadron First Aid team and their success this weekend is well deserved after months of additional preparation and training.  As a Squadron, we are relatively new to the world of First Aid competitions and to win the national competition at only our second attempt, is an outstanding achievement.  Not only is it good to see the team and Sgt Doherty winning at this level, but to know that all of our cadets have contributed towards the team’s preparation, whilst at the same time receiving training themselves in such an important life-skill, is very rewarding.”

The victory followed on from winning the Wing and Regional titles earlier in the year.  The team will now progress to represent the Air Training Corps in the Inter-Services First Aid competition against teams from the Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadets Corps and Combined Cadet Forces, in 2 weeks’ time.

The team from North East Scotland Wing also claimed the title in the Young Adult pairs’ competition, with, making it a clean sweep for Scotland and Northern Ireland Region.

All Air Cadets are trained in basic First Aid to as part of their training syllabus, however cadets at 2345 (Leuchars) Squadron are also trained to the St Johns Ambulance Youth First Aid standard, as required to compete in the Air Training Corps competitions.

Notes to Editors
Today, with more than 40,000 members, aged between 12 and 20 years, within over 900 Squadrons, the ATC is one of the country's premier youth organisations. Cadets can participate in flying, gliding, target shooting, sports, camps, adventure training and much more. The Air Training Corps is also the largest operator of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme in the world.  For further information on the Air Training Corps as an adult volunteer or cadet, contact South East Scotland Wing Headquarters on 01334 857464 visit www.aircadets.org.

The Aims of the Air Training Corps are:
  • Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people
  • Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life
  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship

For further information on this press release, please contact Flt Lt Lorraine Bidgood on 07950 339673 or email oc.2345@aircadets.org

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Back Left to right: Cadet Nathan Pike, Cadet Sergeant Calum Mitchell, Cadet Corporal Fraser Martin
Front: Cadet Sergeant Stephen Doherty

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