First Aid is one of the core Air Cadet activities and forms part of every cadets training. Cadets will be introduced to First Aid with Heartstart and are then able to progress on to the Young First Aider Course, then if they want to further develop there first aid skills and to be professionally accredited they can attend a Wing activity first aid course or on to the more advanced First Aid At Work.
The Heartstart Course is a basic 3 hour life saving skills course which covers Emergency Life Support to preseve life for all cadets and staff. The course is recognised by the British Heart Foundation. Every cadet receives Heartstart training within 3 months of joining the Squadron.
Young First Aider (YFA)
The Young First Aider course is held over 12 weeks and covers common first aid subjects to provide a good knowledge of first aid to allow application. The course is available for all cadets up to the age of 16. Cadets who complete the course will be awarded the red first aid badge and it can also count towards a skill as part of a Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Activity First Aider (AFA)
The AFA is a professionally recognised first aid qualification. The AFA consists of 12 hours continuous training and is available to cadets and staff over the age of 16. Completion of the course meets the criteria for the cadet green first aid badge.
First Aid At Work (FAAW)
FAAW is a HSE accredited first aid qualification. The FAAW consists of 3 days of continuous training and is available to cadets and staff over 18.