Officer cadets practise first aid skills

Eleven officer cadets have taken the opportunity to practise their first aid skills with a series of exercises onboard a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship.

The cadets are based in Fort Austin, a RFA replenishment ship currently deployed to the Gulf. 

Training as the deck and engineering officers of the future, the cadets are required to understand all departments on the ship. 

As the cadets will be working at sea, away from emergency support, they could be called on to act as first responders to any medical emergency.

These exercises provided an excellent opportunity to take the skills the cadets had been taught in a classroom and develop them.

Surgeon Lieutenant Robert Woodward

The exercises, provided by the ship’s medical department, featured a simulated fire with a range of injuries including cuts and burns. 

The exercises also allowed the cadets to prioritise evacuations.

Surgeon Lieutenant Robert Woodward, the Royal Naval medical officer responsible for all medical care and support in Fort Austin, said: “These exercises provided an excellent opportunity to take the skills the cadets had been taught in a classroom and develop them using realistic scenarios that I have come across. 

“First aid training is a priority for any ship’s medical department in particular preparing cadets or personnel for the challenges they may face in the future.”

RFA Fort Austin is currently based in the Gulf under the command of the UK Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain, supporting counter-piracy operations and preventing drug trafficking.