966 (Wallingford) Squadron

First Aid

DSC_0586The Air Training Corps is committed to providing skills for life, these include offering every cadet with the opportunity to learn essential life saving skills.  The first aid programme offered by the ATC is not only useful on cadet activities but also in day-to-day life and cadets can go on from basic life saving skills to full first aid certificates.

Many Squadrons not only offer formalised training in the form of the HeartStart or Young First Aider programmes but also use first aid scenarios as part of other activities such as Duke of Edinburgh expedition training or leadership exercises.  Providing these opportunities helps cadets to understand a first aid scenario and the pressures involved in the hope that if they need to provide assistance to someone they are comfortable in what is required.


heartstartThe HeartStart programme from the British Heart Foundation concentrates on providing emergency life saving techniques. Every cadet will be taught the HeartStart course as part of the First Class Cadet training syllabus. This short course is normally split over a couple of parade nights or a weekend and you will be with a group of cadets so there is no pressure.

Cadets practice lifesaving techniques
Cadets practice lifesaving techniques

The aim of the course is to provide basic training in the following:

  • assessing an unconscious patient,
  • performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),
  • dealing with choking,
  • serious bleeding,
  • helping someone that may be having a heart attack,
  • placing someone in the recovery position.

These life saving skills are essential for every cadet.  By undertaking the HeartStart course you will have the knowledge of how to handle an emergency situation.  Cadets who complete this course are also awarded the HeartStart certificate.

The HeartStart course will give you plenty of hands on practice dealing with bandages and the Resusci Anne training doll. This training is not only a great way to ensure you can help in many situations but also a great way to move on and learn more about First Aid training.