Written by Lt Cdr (SCC) Ray Mitchell RNR – ARO Southern
The SA First Aid Competition was held at Middlehill Sea Cadet Activity Centre, Colgate, West Sussex on Sat 20 Aug 16. The annual event is held to select the best Sea Cadet Team to go forward to the SCC National Competition held at Strensall Camp in Yorkshire with the ACF, ATC and CCF in September.
Seven teams from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes x 2, Maidstone, Eastbourne, Sittingbourne and Worthing took part completing individual and team scenarios based on their First Aid Training in the SCC. The event was run by the Area Team with CPO Heather Cole standing in for the Area Staff Officer who was on another SCC duty in Dieppe. CPO Cole organised the judges and scenarios and ensured that everything either ran to time or even earlier.
Being an outdoor activity we were reliant on the weather, which never let us down, providing some reality with sunshine interspersed with torrential downpours. Despite some soggy Casualties, First Aiders and Paperwork the event went very well and a team to go forward was selected.
The Middlehill OIC PO Danny Murphy and Admin Officer PO Charley Jacobs looked after us all well by providing the venue with a tuck shop and additional activities including Archery.
The medal winners were:
1st Milton Keynes A Team
2nd Milton Keynes B Team
3rd Worthing Unit.
Overall Winning District – Oxon Bucks. The Medals were presented by Lt Cdr (SCC) Tim Collins RNR District Officer for Central District.
Lots of positive points made about all of the seven teams taking part and all of the casualties would have survived with the treatment they were given. Even the casualties got a medal but theirs was Gold and Silver and you can spend it in a shop.
Good luck to Milton Keynes A Team who go forward to the SCC National Competition at Strensall Camp in September.
As ever these events wouldn’t run without CFAVs and thanks go to all of the adults who trained, supported and transported their teams to the event and to the Judges who worked tirelessly to mark the competition. Particular shout out to PPO Molly Fisher for her help at the event as she only became staff 8 days prior on her 18th birthday.