30 September 2009
Five Red Cross volunteers fought off tough competition to win the British Red Cross' national first aid competition held in Cannock, Staffordshire. The first aiders will fly to Serbia next summer to represent the British Red Cross at the First Aid Convention in Europe (FACE). First aid volunteers Ian and Gwen McMichan, Andy Owen, Liz Evans (from Merseyside) and Adie Robinson (from the West Midlands) had to demonstrate their first aid skills in a series of eight mock-up scenarios.The team had to tend to casualties who had been involved in mountain bike accidents, wood cutting accidents, a shooting and a brawl at a park party.
This is the third time the Merseyside team have scooped the award for the competition, which has been running since 1928. They also picked up the Stanley Shield in 1995 and 2004.
On top of the world
“We are on top of the world with this win but we wouldn’t be here without the dedication of our volunteers. We can’t wait to represent the Red Cross in Serbia next year!” said Chris Ambler, Red Cross district manager.
Andy Owen, a teacher from Liverpool also won the best first aid individual title (tied with Adie Robinson) in the competition.
Over 13,000 people die each year in accidents occurring in everyday situations, such as in the home or workplace or on the roads. Many of these deaths could be prevented if a trained first aider was on hand.
The British Red Cross is the UK's leading provider of first aid training and support. We train almost a hundred thousand first aiders every year, offering first aid courses dealing with emergencies at work, in the home or in the event of a major incident. We also provide first aid teams for public events both large and small.
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