Local trainer Raymond Shannon came to Silent Valley Gate Lodge to train each Youth Ranger in First aid. First aid knowledge and skills promote safety awareness whether it be in home, school or the outdoors. An intensive practical course outlining the standard procedures when approaching a casualty. Raymond explained the core principles of the DRS ABC method. This is a great way to help you complete the primary survey of a casualty. Firstly, DRS- Danger, Response, and Shout for help. Each youth ranger practiced checking for danger before squeezing the casualties shoulder and pinching their ear to see whether or not the casualty was responsive before shouting for help. Raymond drilled these core principles allowing the youth rangers to practice on one and other.
After DRS comes ABC; Airways, Breathing, Circulation. The youth rangers preformed these observations and assessments to determine whether the casualty requires more treatment such as CPR or to be moved into the Safe Airway (recovery) position.
Raymond provided a training manikin, Annie, for each young person to learn how to complete CPR correctly. In addition to learning CPR the Youth Rangers had the chance to use an Automated External Defibrillator.
Each Youth Ranger received a REC Level 1 Basic Life Support certificate.