First Aid

First Aid is an important life saving skill and is taught to all cadets and adult volunteers. First Aid in the RAF Air Cadets is taught in a progressive manner using St John Ambulance approved courses.

Essential First Aid

Essential First Aid (EFA) is a two-three hour course that includes dealing with an unconscious casualty, recovery position, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), choking, bleeding and helping someone that may be having a heart attack.

This course is typically taught over 1-2 evenings and the cadetsnawarded the Blue First Aid badge upon completion.

Youth First Aid

This twelve hour course is available to those previously completing EFA (or the previous Heartstart course) and broadens the range of first aid scenarios taught on the previous course. studying for Leading or Senior Cadet classifications.

This course is usually completed over one weekend including an assessment and awards cadets with the Bronze First Aid badge.

A cadet demonstrating making an arm sling

A cadet demonstrating making an arm sling

The award consists of several different topics which are listed below:

  • Asthma
  • Bites and stings
  • Bleeding (minor)
  • Bleeding and shock
  • Bone, muscle and joint injuries
  • Burns and scalds
  • Chest pains
  • Choking
  • Communication and casualty care
  • Coping in an emergency
  • Electric shock
  • Fainting
  • First aid kit
  • Foreign objects
  • Head injuries
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Hypothermia
  • Low blood sugar
  • Poisons
  • Primary survey
  • Recovery position
  • Resuscitation (adult)
  • Seizures
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Spinal injury.

Page last updated 2 January 2022.

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