15:07 Thursday 23 May 2013

Injured 'driver' rescued by Bishop's Stortford cadets


ST John Ambulance cadets performed a dramatic rescue when they cut open a car to help an injured driver trapped in the wreckage.

The youngsters leapt into action as part of a road traffic collision training session at Bishop's Stortford fire station, where they have been undergoing a five-week general firefighting course. The event was organised to coincide with the brigade's national RTC reduction week.

As part of the rescue, the cadets, all wearing proper kit and yellow helmets, used specialist cutting equipment to remove the side of the silver Ford vehicle and gain access to the casualty. They then placed him on a spinal board and performed CPR.

Firefighter Dean Hunt said: "We've got a really good group of kids and they've been doing really well. This is the fifth year they've come to us for training and it's a great way for us to build up a rapport with young people and give them an insight into what we do.

"It's beneficial to both of us as they learn how to behave in certain situations and we build up our links with the community."

Over the duration of the course, the youngsters will perform a series of other exercises, including hose running and crawling through tunnels wearing breathing apparatus.

*A charity car wash is being held at the fire station, in Patmore Close, on Saturday (May 25) from 10am to 3pm.

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