Volunteer Youth Ranger Programme 2017 - Days 3 & 4
Update published on: July 20, 2017
Day 3 – First Aid
Today we were given a lesson in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). John (one of the instructors) brought with him some Resusci Annie dolls to help simulate what it would be like to perform CPR on a real person. John taught us about the ABC of first aid, which means;
Aware: We are aware that this person has no danger around them, that they are not sleeping and that you have made them aware of your presence by introducing yourself and the actions you are about to undertake to assist them.
Breathing: Kneeling beside them, lower your ear to their nose and mouth and look, listen and feel for 10 seconds for signs that the person is breathing. If they are not breathing, check their airway to ensure there is no blockage, call for help and then begin chest compressions.
Compression: Place your hands on their sternum, interlock your fingers and begin pushing down on their chest to a depth of 5 to 10cm, repeat this 15 times. After this begin mouth to mouth resuscitation, by tilting their head back, pinching the fleshy part of their nose, then cover their open mouth with yours blow, looking to see if the chest rises. Repeat this twice, before resuming chest compressions. [You can leave the rescue breaths out if you feel uncomfortable, the chest compressions are often enough to keep someone alive – Alison.]
As a test of our skills John made us carry out practice runs on the Annie dolls. Everyone passed the examination, so to finish the day’s training John gave us a demonstration on how to bandage an injured arm as well as a demonstration of how to assist someone who is choking.
Day 4 – Dead hedge building at Glassdrummond Wood, Crossmaglen
Today we were set the task of building a hedge over a quarry, to prevent smaller children from nose diving off the sudden drop. We were directed on how to hold the tools safely, thankfully first aid was yesterday so if things went south we knew what to do; I think. We split the task into two smaller manageable chunks; this made the work a whole lot easier. First, both groups gathered a mountain of small, medium and large pieces of wood.
After a much deserved break we began to build the hedge itself. We placed the larger sticks onto the ground to build the foundations and then moved onto placing the smaller sticks; over time the hedge began to take shape. More and more sticks of all shapes and sizes were piled up onto the dead hedge; we weaved them together so the hedge was secure and would not budge. We then collected thorny bushes to make the hedge look unpleasant to warn off kids. This part of the task was rather unpleasant as when the thorns pricked you it was sore. Once the hedge was finished we looked on in amazement as we could not believe we had built this masterpiece, we took plenty of photos as proof. All in all it was worth the hard work.