No Break in Tradition for Durham Army Cadets
On Sunday 8th July, Durham Army Cadet Force joined teams from all over the North East Region, to take part in 4th Infantry Brigade’s 2018 First Aid Championships, and Durham ACF took gold for the sixth successive year, a record unequalled by any other North East County.
Over the course of the day, scenarios, mostly in an outdoor setting, tested the cadets with realistic emergencies, aided by dramatic casualty make-up. In a new development at brigade level, the scenarios were made even more realistic, when, after an overall collective brief at the start of the day, on hearing shouts for help, cadets ‘stumbled’ across incidents, testing their natural ability and quick thinking!
All of the teams assembled to hear the results as the competition ended. In a nail-biting finish, the final results were read out by Capt Catheryn Adcock, Brigade First Aid Advisor and, taking all of the scores into account, Durham ACF was announced as Champion County in First Aid 2018, for the second year running. Colonel Tony Laker, Commandant Cleveland ACF, presented the prizes.
Durham’s Cadet A Team were the overall winners of the 2018 Brigade Competition and presented with gold medals. The team, captained by Sergeant Callum Anderson, included Sergeant Marc Hague, Lance Corporal Katie Lambie and Cadet Rose Curry all from B Company. Durham's B Team came second, captained by Corporal Megan Rewcastle from B Company, with Lance Corporal Grace Wilson, Lance Corporal Faye Rayner and Lance Corporal Samantha Taylor all from A Company.
Durham ACF also entered an adult team in this year’s competition who were crowned as the overall winner for the 5th year running, led by SI Connor Benson along with SI Connor Anderson from B Company. SI Connor Benson and Cpl Megan Rewcastle were also winners of the top individuals in their respective lane.
Colonel Brian Kitching, Commandant Durham ACF said, “I am thrilled that our teams repeated last year’s success at the brigade event, forming a new record. Using their practical skills learnt as cadets to deal with real life situations and once again coming out on top, this is a tremendous result, well done”.
Durham ACF will now represent the North East at the 2018 National Event in September.