Preston Sea Cadets welcomed seven councillors from South Ribble Borough Council to perform vital life saving skills and defibrillator training.Advertisement
The councillors visited the cadets at Preston Sea Cadets Training Ship TS Galloway, based at Strand Road, on Saturday 4 February.
The visit was made after the council secured funding with the NHS Lancashire Ambulance Service for the installation of several community defibrillators at various locations in South Ribble.
The day was organised by councillor David Moore and Chairman of Preston Sea Cadets Mr Stephen Hills, which saw the sea cadets conduct life saving skills for the councillors.
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Volunteer instructors on the day, Stephen Hills, a Health & Safety Trainer, and LT Wayne Warner, the Units Commanding Officer Sub, both are fully qualified First Aid instructors.
Stephen Hills said: “The day was a great success and a pleasure having our guests on board our unit TS Galloway.
“We were honoured to be asked if we would assist in providing them such vital saving skills.
“We welcomed the opportunity as only the other year we ourselves fundraised and sorted funding towards an AED after the cadets themselves through training came up with the suggestion of having a defibrillator available in case of an incident at our Unit HQ.
“From there the idea grew to also offer the AED to the local community and passers-by as we are located next to the River Ribble on the Guild Wheel.”
Several community training sessions have been arranged at local venues for locals to learn how to use the lifesaving equipment.
The Sea Cadets offer a large variety of activities and first aid skills to boy and girls ages 10-18, such as rowing, canoeing, sailing, adventure training, catering and engineering, which is all provided by local volunteers who devote their time to helping young people.
To get involved with Preston Sea Cadets you can find them online or call 01772 883882.
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