With trepidation, staff at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) assembled in the conference room armed with a ball point pen and a willingness to learn!
It is mandatory that all leaders of Duke of Edinburgh groups have up to date Outdoor First Aid training. Teachers, Mrs Weaver, Mrs Sexton, Mr Birchall, Mr Till, Mr Smith and Mr Twigg all took part in the training programme which involved the great indoors, what to do in an emergency situation on a mountainside, armed only with a large orange bag and a group of volunteers!
The course was expertly delivered by Matt Hutson and Rob Boyllin from Wayahead Training. Their ability to deliver complex information in a stimulating and memorable way was great. Training and scenarios are based on being more than several minutes up to several hours from help until the rescue team arrives. From ABC to CPR via AVPU and SCALD the course was a true acronym fest punctured often by lungs, alongside fractures, stings and poisons, all potentially life-threatening if not identified promptly and treated correctly.
The next Duke of Edinburgh training weekend will include camping in the stunning Peak District scenery during Winter with Night Navigation and Camp Mountain Leader Training.