This weekend, the St John LINKS conference was held here in Aberystwyth, which involved all of the LINKS units in Wales (us, Cardiff and Swansea) meeting up for some talks on things such as Fundraising, Volunteering and operations. We also did some training, looking at how neck braces and box splints work, as well as receiving training to qualify us to be an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Operator.
Another valuable part of the weekend involved learning about what can happen in a major incident – where one emergency service may not be able to cope without incurring side effects to its service, and more people are called in to help.
In this session, we learnt about how the command structure works between the Police, Ambulance and Fire service, as well as getting to look at some of the equipment they use including: A fast blow-up casualty tent [Red tent in right of picture above], various stretchers and some very noise cancelling headphones.
Inbetween receiving the invaluable training for AEDs and major trauma, we were able to get to know the LINKS members that had travelled from Cardiff and Swansea, and learnt that both units were relatively new, and will hopefully continue to grow and carry on their current success. We enjoyed some fantastic lunches in TaMed Da, and went out for a Thai meal with them on Saturday night.
Overall, a very interesting weekend, I now have to just take and pass the AED exam to receive that qualification, and look at the London St John District division, a group recommended to me by one of our trainers – as I hope to continue my St John work whilst on my year in industry in London.