By Captain Debbie Middleton
Chestermere Army Cadet practices Standard First Aid as part of the training on the Expedition Instructor course.
Cadet Braeden Green practices care of choking infant as part of his St. John Ambulance First Aid training at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre (VACSTC). Standard First Aid qualification is part of the training cadets receive on the Expedition Instructor course.
Cadet Green is a member of 3125 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, Chestermere, AB.
Green and 59 other army cadets are attending the six week Army Cadet Expedition Instructor Course which sees the cadets learning first aid, mountain bike skills, canoeing, abseiling, and navigation. Having first aid knowledge is an important aspect of the expedition course since training is often conducted in areas where medical assistance in the event of an emergency may not be immediately available.
During the summer, more than 1150 Army, Sea, and Air Cadets from western Canada will spend up to six weeks in the Okanagan Valley training centre, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and forming friendships.