We have already covered
over 20 events this year and with inquiries from English Heritage and Football
tournament organisers; it looks to be a busy Summer!
Members of HFR have also
demonstrated their first aid skills in their off-duty time. Gillian
assisted a motorcyclist who had parted company with his bike, Graham, Martin
and Shirley dealt with a car that had flown a hedge, and Christine sorted
out a fallen horse rider.
Both vehicles used by HFR
sailed through their MOTs, although we are still looking for a cost-effective
method of replacing Penny. We are currently investigating areas of
funding. Both Penny and Ethel (owned by Graham) escaped from work
on the May bank holiday and joined the cavalcade of "999 Vehicles" at Brooklands
Museum. Both were much admired by professionals and children alike,
although Penny as a former front-line Surrey Ambulance and then St. John
Ambulance vehicle was recognised by some!
The 1965 4x4 Landrover ambulance
(Katy) owned by Martin has also passed her MOT and is currently having
her interior fixtures and fittings upgraded, ready for active service.
With a few more serious
casualties this year, we have revised our standard equipment list and now
carry our extraction device (donated by HBRO) to every event.
This change has been implemented because of the number of casualties who
leave the field of play after injury to sit in their cars. These
casualties later present a somewhat unexpected scenario for immobilisation
and subsequent extraction!
So far this year we have
run two Basic first aid courses training a total of 29 people. This
has enabled us to buy additional child and infant Resusci Annes.
Rescue Group training day
February saw five members
of HFR participate in a training day at Goodwood, organised by Brian Janman.
We learned to put out a fire and co-ordinate vehicle cutting to release
trapped drivers. The day ended with a scenario enacted by the HFR
team, with two casualties in a car and one unconscious spectator.
While cold, the weather just about held and members of Goodwood Motor Rescue
Unit gained their competencies, well done!
and adrenaline administration
A fascinating talk from
the Anaphylaxis Campaign stimulated us to update our adrenaline training.
This usefully dovetailed with the HSE guidance notes for first aid training
on "administration of medication".
Volunteer online publication
A new way to keep up-to-date
in first aid, this e-zine is very useful and highly informative.
Our annual report is finally
completed and has been sent to the CC. It has been a good first year
and we are aiming to build on our success for the coming year.
We are still looking for
new volunteers with current qualifications in standard first aid, or first
aid at work to help us provide cover at events.
If you are interested please
get in touch.