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Leader Magazine
SUMMER 1963.
THE FIRST AID WING.
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"...to call the RSM "Mate"."
OIC, Capt. N. P. Wilmot, RTR, Instructors: Lt. R. J. Theis, RMP, S/Sgt J. L. S. Grinnell, R.Sigs, Sgt P. S. Cross, 1 E. Anglian, Sgt T. W. Emsworth, 1 R.Inn.Fus.
First Aid in the All Arms Junior Leaders Regiment is taught as a military subject by military instructors to all Junior Leaders for a continuous four monthly period. At the end of this period Junior Leaders are sufficiently trained to sit for the Adult Certificate of BRCS.
First Aid also forms part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Qualifications in First Aid are allowed awards in the Rescue and Public Service section of this scheme.
In addition to basic First Aid knowledge, the training gives ample opportunity for boys to show initiative and leadership. Because First Aid cannot be reduced to a cut and dried subject, the circumstances of each incident differing, the approach will vary, and instruction is regarded as a guide for improvisation rather than as rules.
The Wing is ever improving, not only on percentage passed examinations, but in that recently we have aquired a new range of training aids. The first arrival was a plastic patient for use in practising exhaled air resuscitation - "The Kiss of Life". The female form draped in a blanket, hurriedly taken into the wing at night, took rather a lot of explaining at the time, but "Annie" has proved invaluable in providing realism to our practical training.
We also have an excellent wound simulation unit, a "do-it-yourself" injury kit, which is so realistic that it is guaranteed to turn the stomach of any Rhyl Cup team.
The Guard Room kindly donated the latest addition to the permanent staff - "Clarence", our skeleton, said to be the last Junior Leader to call the RSM "Mate".
Now that the summer is finally with us we shall be bringing the Junior Leaders who hibernated in our warm class rooms out in the open to practise their lessons in a period of intensified field training. So be warned - if you slide away behind the cookhouse for a quick nap during a P.S. period, you are liable to be padded, splinted, slung and lashed to a stretcher as a suspected compression case.
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