14:06 Wednesday 19 February 2014

Youngsters complete first aid training as part of Duke of Edinburgh Award

Written byMATTHEW COBB

PUPILS from across Burton have been undertook training by St. John’s Ambulance yesterday as part of their work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Open Award.

Around 140 teenagers from in and around Burton, all at different stages of the award, gathered at de Ferrers Academy yesterday to learn how to deal with emergency situations that they might encounter while completing other parts of the course. A further 160 will complete theirs at John Taylor High School on March 1.

Using dummies, the pupils were briefed in dealing with situations such as asthma attacks, head injuries and how to control bleeding. They also learned how to deal with conditions that they could encounter while completing the outdoor modules, such as hypothermia and heat exhaustion.

Michelle James, Schools Trainer for St. John’s Ambulance said: “We’ve incorporated things that they might encounter while they complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

“We’ve made the activities practical and it’s up to them to demonstrate their competence. They’ve been sensible and shown lots of enthusiasm and willingness, which is brilliant to see.”

James Pickering, a 17-year-old pupil at de Ferrers said that learning new first aid skills would benefit him for the rest of his Duke of Edinburgh Award. He told the Mail: “It covers lots of different skill bases. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic opportunity to gain new experiences and broaden your horizons.

“I’m going to Wales as part of my gold level and this will help me prepare for any hostile conditions.”

15-year-old Freya Atton, also a pupil at de Ferrers from Stretton said that she has enjoyed the experiences the course has provided so far and feels that learning how to perform first aid has also been a great benefit for what lies ahead. She said: “It’s something good to put on your CV.

“We’ve already done some work experience as well and this is something else that is useful to include.”

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