Wallasey RNA have set the pace by training in first aid techniques at work.
Shipmates on Merseyside heard the call to action and responded.
Committee and staff members could have sat in their gardens or relaxed at home, but instead mustered at the branch to take the first aid course which ran over two evenings in June.
Setting out on their mission to become qualified first aiders they asked George McGarry, an ex-paramedic, to conduct the training – George does sterling work supporting the Sea Cadets and other agencies in the area.
Using a Resusci Anne medical dummy as a patient, shipmates first set about training in general first aid.
They were given a briefing on updated information concerning various changes that have been implemented in the delivery techniques of first aid, then looked at the correct application of CPR.
The group also learnt how to use a public access defibrillator (cPAD).
S/M John Williams, Public Relations Officer at Wallasey branch, said: “We decided to do the course at a committee meeting, for the following reasons – the increasing age of associate and full members of the RNA, the local Sea Scout group use the building too, and the branch is also a popular hub for the local community and has a regular passing trade who enjoy the facilities.
“We thought the course would be a benefit not only to the RNA Club but also the wider community, with 14 trained first aid responders ready to give aid when needed and to render assistance when appropriate.”
“The committee and staff were so enthusiastic, joining in and asking George lots of questions.
“The course was very well run, informative and everyone got a chance to demonstrate their skills and have hands-on experience.”
Most importantly, all are now fully trained to use an cPAD defibs like those found in many public places.
According to the British Heart Foundation, after calling 999 and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), using a defibrillator is the best way to increase the chances of someone surviving a cardiac arrest.’
For any branches wishing to source a cPAD, there are a number of charitable organizations that will help with installing one, and there is also funding available from the government.
A last word from Wallasey: “Everyone passed and the certificates are to be posted out.
“We learnt so much that the time on the course just flew by.
“What we would like to see now is other RNA branches take the opportunity to get their members trained.
“You may never need to use it, but it might be that one time when you do and it saves someone’s life.”
Our images show members of Wallasey RNA with Resusci Anne