We have had a busy summer
season, providing cover for 38 events and treating an incredible 103 casualties.
Most recently we have helped out the RNIB (Royal National Institute for
the Blind) at one of their iDare
fundraising events, a 4x4 off-road driving challenge.
We have continued to pen
the odd article in order to increase our public profile. Recent examples
include "Now you see me, now you don't" for the Camberley
Kart Club newsletter and "Ethel: Part 2" for Landrover Enthusiast.
We were nominated for a
award in June 2003 and are delighted to have reached the finals in the
Community and Voluntary Organisation category. Members will be attending
the awards ceremony on 11 November and we will let you know how we do!
One of the more unusual
requests that we were able to meet was the provision of an ambulance for
a film set. Penny made her debut in a short 15 minute film, taking
the "ambulance crew" actors to the scene of a car crash. Penny and
her real crew were also available for first aid cover, but this was thankfully
Aid Forward Conference
Organised by the First
Aid Café on Friday 10 October, it was attended by over 250 delegates
including one from HFR. The conference was mostly focused on the
HSE's suggestions for the future of first aid at work training. The
conference also included very interesting talks by Dr Yvonne Owen
the Medical Officer of LIVES
(Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) about AED use and
Dave Kinchin on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
This year's AGM will be
on Tuesday 25 November at 8pm in Crondall Old Gymnasium.
We have decided to use the
Person On Scene (FPOS) package to train our volunteers. This
new modular course, authorised by IHCD, will enable our members to gain
a relevant qualification in first aid, including child and infant resuscitation.
Hester, Graham, Martin and
Gillian are off to the Southern
Ambulance Training College once again to update their ambulance skills
and gain further skills in "Assisting the Paramedic".
Hester has started her C7407,
which will result in a City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Further
Education Teaching (QTFE). This involves six teaching assessments
over 60 hours of further education.
All members of HFR have
now been checked via the CRB for enhanced disclosures.
We have upgraded our high
visibility jackets, to the two-tone green and yellow, allowing more instant
identification at motorsport events where marshals also wear fluorescent
yellow. We have also updated all our resuscitation bag and mask equipment
to conform with the Resuscitation Council (UK) recommendations.
(owned by Martin) is now in full working order and helped to provide cover
at this autumn's Aldermarston Nomads event.
Members of HFR attended
this year's AMBEX,
checking out new ideas and networking with colleagues.