First Response First Aid

Seeing as how I'm a Brown Owl, I got to go on a course last weekend to learn a bit of First Response First Aid and I have to say that it was a great day, I was reminded of a lot, I learnt a fair bit and I'm sure that if the Brownies (or leaders) in my care need some first response first aid, I will be able to leap into action.

Now, the chap who was running the course was an affable chap from Fusion Training, who let us know we could ask questions as we were going along and let us know that if anyone got the wobbles during the day, that we could leave the room for a moment, or let him know that we were talking about a touchy subject and he would move it on. I was sure I wasn't going to pass out when we talked about blood, and we all know about my blood phobia and sure enough, when we were talking about it, I was totally fine. If you want to know about when I did pass out, come back tomorrow when I shall reveal all.

The CPR Dummy I practised on

The day got on, we learnt CPR, we learnt how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), we talked about 30 compressions at a beat of 120, which means we could sing Staying Alive, Nelly the Elephant, I will Survive and my contribution, I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) which the chap hadn't heard before.

The trainer did mention that Baby Shark also has a bpm of 120 beats and you could even give CPR whilst singing that... maybe however the best news is when you are on the phone to 999 they will play a 120 bpm metronome, which means you won't be singing and forget the chest compressions and nobody will find out just how well you know the Baby Shark song.

And this leads me to my challenge to you. Go on a First Aid Course. Volunteer in the office you work in to be the First Aider. Volunteer at a local group and go on their First Aid Course. See if there is a local college that offers the training, or speak with St Johns Ambulance or find out if you and your friends could get together to hire Fusion Training to come and train you all. At the very least, watch the video above so if one day someone needs help, you have a vague inkling of what to do.

It could save their life.