On the 8th of October the squadron held its own ‘hello yellow’ night in support of raising awareness of mental health in everyone. The night was arranged by WO Kirsty price and helped show the cadets of 1145 how mental health effects their well-being and how simple steps as well as talking to others helps people in dire situations feel like they’re not alone. To help support the charity the cadets were told to come down wearing yellow and donate a pound to charity. At canteen thanks to cadet help there was also cupcakes sold with all money raised going to charity. The night was held in high regard by all cadets and staff and the squadron looks forwards as a whole as to see the impact on peoples lives that this money helps.
On the 28th of September Cdt Dunlop, Cdt MacLeod, Cdt Grieve, Cdt Tur, Cdt Graham, Cdt Watson and Cdt Dey attended Air Experience Flying. The first thing that we did was watch three separate videos comprising of different safety clips detailing how to get out of the aircraft and how it use your parachute in the event of an emergency. After watching the videos which all together lasted roughly 20 minutes we then got taken out to a small building outside to put on our flying suits, helmet, parachute and gloves. After waiting for about 5 minutes We were taken out to the aircraft and got strapped in, the pilot was surprisingly friendly and asked me some basic questions about myself. After taxiing to the runway we took off and flew west of the runway, after climbing to about 1,500ft the pilot said “you have control” and I the took control of the aircraft after repeating back “I have control sir” we then climbed to 3,000ft and the pilot told me to level out the wings, after flying on for about 20 seconds the pilot asked me what sort of things I wanted to do and I asked him if we could do some aerobatics and told me yes then told me to “follow through” so I put my hands and feet on the controls lightly and followed through his controls as he gained speed then pulled back on the controls to do a loop. We did a few more maneuvers before heading back to the runway and taxiing back, overall I really enjoyed the experience and would like to try it again, it really gave me a sense of what you can achieve in the air cadets and I appreciated the chance to experience something like it.
On the 5th and 6th of October Cdt Leslie, Cdt McDonnell and Cdt Vera attended the bronze first aid course with St. John’s ambulance. The first day commenced with a refresher of the Primary Survey- Dr’s ABC. Once finished, we went on to the recovery position, which was mostly a refresher of the steps and developing understating of what it actually does and how it helps a casualty. We then went onto learning about management of major bleeding and to properly protect yourself and the person you are trying to help from cross contamination and how to treat shock. After that we went onto a refresher for CPR to ensure we all know how to deliver this crucial and potentially life saving skill. For the remaining time of the afternoon we learned about allergic reactions and spinal, neck and head injuries.
On the second day, we were taught about different burns such as hot burns, wet burns and electrical burns and what to do when different types of burns occur. We later went on to learn about what to do and what not to do if someone was having a seizure. Next we looked at what to do if someone is choking and how deliver back blows and abdominal thrust to potentially save a life. We also covered heat stroke and hypothermia. After a practice period, we went into the final assessment.
Everyone passed first time! We all feel we learned so much on the weekend and really enjoyed getting trained these life skills that could save someone’s life one day.
A big well done to all!