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Bute cadets show skill in first aid competition

The Balaklava Company First Aid Team. Ryan Hawke and Liam Neeson are pictured on back row, far right.

The Balaklava Company First Aid Team. Ryan Hawke and Liam Neeson are pictured on back row, far right.

 

Two Bute Army Cadets have undergone first aid training as part of their military training, and have made an impression on their superiors.

Ryan Hawke and Liam Neeson, both from Rothesay, are in the West Lowland Battalion Army Cadet Force, which has 34 detachments throughout Ayrshire and Arran, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, and Dumfries and Galloway.

Each of the four companies entered teams into a first aid competition last weekend, with Saturday seeing cadets undertake a practical test, and Sunday the theoretical side.

All youngsters who join the voluntary youth organisation are required to undertake a two hour Heartstart course as part of their basic training, and all senior cadets and the vast majority of adult volunteers hold a full ‘First Aid at Work’ qualification.

The top first aiders’ will now train together under the First Aid Training Officer, Sergeant Major Derek Ross and his team of first aid trainers. The next round will be the Scottish Cadet Forces First Aid competition in June, then hopefully off to Frimley Park in the autumn to compete again the other army cadet districts and the other Cadet Forces.

Sergeant Major Ross said: “I was impressed with the standard of the cadets in the competition this year. Even the gory makeup done by the casualty simulation did not put them off. I do believe we have the makings of a strong first aid team this year.”

 

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