Air cadets get the attention

PUBLISHED: 14:29 01 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:14 06 May 2010

On parade with the High Sheriff of Beds Richard Banks

On parade with the High Sheriff of Beds Richard Banks

AIR cadets from Sandy have been busy recently on official duties and getting up to speed on their first aid skills. Cadets from 22 Sandy Squadron were on parade as guests of the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Samuel Whitbread at a service for voluntary a

Cadets with the first aid dummy

AIR cadets from Sandy have been busy recently on official duties and getting up to speed on their first aid skills.

Cadets from 22 Sandy Squadron were on parade as guests of the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Samuel Whitbread at a service for voluntary and youth organisations at St Andrew's Church, Biggleswade.

Also among the guests at the event was the Mayor of Biggleswade Cllr Wendy Smith and her husband Cllr David Smith the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Mr Richard Banks and the deputy lieutenant of the county Sir Neville and Lady Bowman-Shaw.

"Many positive comments were made about the cadets on the standard of their uniform, their shoes and deportment," said 22 Squadron commanding officer Flt Lt Margaret Bell.

Cadets then spent an evening brushing up on their first aid with the Beds and Herts Paramedic service learning life saving skills on SimMan, a £60,000 dummy used to train paramedics.

Sgt Tom Jackman took the dummy's pulse readings while cadets Dominic Chapman and Helen Taylor tried their hand at what paramedics term tubing up which tests to see if a person's airway is clear and the tube is properly put in place.

"The cadets found the task quite hard but it didn't deter them from trying several times," said squadron commanding officer Flt Lt Margaret Bell.

"The cadets had a great time and learned a lot at what was a memorable first aid training session.

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