Cadets who wish to progress further with first aid qualifications can undertake the more in-depth St John Ambulance Youth First Aider Award (which may also count as an element in their Leading/Senior Cadet classification examination and towards a skill as part of a Duke of Edinburgh Award). It also builds on the knowledge obtained in the HeartStart course.
The YFA course provides a basic introduction to first aid and gives students grounding in managing an incident and the most commonly needed basic life-saving skills and helps to reinforce earlier learning. It consists of approximately 6-12 hours training and is tutor assessed.
The course covers the following areas:
- Communication and casualty care
- Coping in an emergency
- Primary survey
- Recovery position
- Bites and stings
- Bleeding (minor)
- Bleeding and shock
- Burns and scalds
- Foreign objects
- Bone, muscle and joint injuries
- Chest pains
- Electric shock
On completion of the above training cadets sit an assessment to test their understanding. This test usually involves showing that they are competent at administering CPR; can deal with an unconscious casualty and one other scenario. The assessor will be looking not only to see how well they can treat the above simulations but also how they interact with the casualty and deal with the scene of the emergency.
Successful cadets are are awarded a certificate and are entitled to wear the St John Ambulance Youth First Aid badge on their uniform.