Water Rescue

On the 22nd July, 4 fire fighters were taking part in water rescue training having recently completed their FPOS training.

It was around 12:30pm when we heard a cry for help from the water. We were situated in the car park having lunch at this point so we quickly donned our dry suits and proceeded to the riverbank. It became apparent quite quickly that the unknown male was face down in the water as his friend was trying to keep him afloat but was physically exhausted and therefore his face had gone underwater.

I turned around and shouted to FF Scullion to get the FPOS kit and bring it over to the riverbank. FF Meason and myself (FF Maddern) tried to locate signs of life, but could not find any, I made sure the airways were clear and we began CPR. It became apparent after removing his top to fix the defib pads that the male had a pacemaker. This was not a concern so we still attached the pads. After approximately 30 sets of compressions and 2 shocks on the defib, the man came back around. He was then placed on oxygen.

We quickly got him up to the car park and waited for the Ambulance. Once the ambulance arrived I then gave them a casualty hand over and assisted them where needed.

The man was taken to hospital and was alive and doing well when he left our care.

I truly believe that if it wasn’t for our FPOS training that we have received then this man sadly wouldn’t have made. It was because of our fast acting and confidence in our training that we had received that he survived. The training we receive ensures that we keep calm under pressure and I believe this also had a big price to pay in this incident.

FF Maddern

Right place, right time!

Adam attended a recent FPOS course with us, he was called upon to use his skills very quickly with a positive outcome.

“Upon returning from an FPOS training day, I received a knock at the door. I discovered that several tenants close to my house began drinking in the early hours and continued throughout the night. One had fallen over and bashed his head, I grabbed my first aid kit, initially thinking it probably wouldn’t be serious, however upon seeing the individual it appeared to be a rather serious cut. People started shouting and running around until I took the reins on the situation, explaining I needed my phone to the call the ambulance and other necessities.

Only that day we had covered epileptic fits and what to do to. The injured person then started to go into one. Upon awakening and response levels returning to normal and speaking to the ambulance service I performed a top to toe survey once happy with the males state.

With the training received from Duncan, I believe that it enabled me to respond quickly and calmly to the situation whilst others may not. Just goes to show things like this can happen at any time even on the day you have done that particular piece of training.”

A job well done!

First Aid Training Confidence

After delivering a recent course, Duncan received the following email from one of the participants.

“I wanted to tell you I had a chance to use my first aid skills on the way home last night as I saw a cyclist come off his bike and hit his head quite hard on the median (middle of the road). He of course wasn’t wearing a helmet and banged his head quite hard. He was shaken up but not bleeding and seemed okay as I asked him several questions. He will definitely have a very nasty bruise today however. I advised him to go to A&E if he felt worse (dizziness/vomiting, etc) but he said he was okay and that he would have someone at home to be with him throughout the evening should he start to feel worse. I really just checked he was okay and made sure he could get up and walk but funnily enough no one else stopped. Although I didn’t administer any first aid at least I knew he was okay and I had the confidence to stop and check. I also lectured him a bit about wearing a helmet and stop listening to his music while he is cycling as it isn’t safe.

Thanks to Dana, who was the only person to stop on a busy street in London. This shows that with a bit of training and the confidence to offer assistance, you can make the difference in what could have been a nasty head injury.

“First Aid Training Works”

“First Aid Training Works” was a statement recently given to us by Chris who had just completed a 3 day First Aid at Work (FAW) course. He had left work for the day after just completing his 3 day FAW course when he was alerted by a lady that her husband was not well. Chris was taken by the lady to her husband who was lying on the floor and not moving. Chris checked for a response and then checked breathing. The man was found not to be breathing, after getting his wife to call for assistance, Chris started compressions. After a couple of compressions the man started to cough and splutter, he was starting to come round. He was then placed in the recovery position to await the ambulance.

Chris was on the phone to Mike, who had trained him, shortly afterwards. Mike said “This was a great job on the part of Chris, putting in to practice exactly what he had been taught. Well done Chris!”

Chris was over the moon that the guy had been resuscitated, he has since spoken to him and he is doing well. Chris’ workplace are thrilled that he has managed to bring someone around, especially after he completed the course just hours before it happened. Some of his workmates have jokingly now called him ‘Super-Chris’!

A great result, and a job well done!