A teenage army cadet from Machynlleth has been praised for her quick thinking reactions to help casualties in a serious high speed collision.

Holly Vincentelli used the first aid skills she’s learned with the Machynlleth Detachment of Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force (ACF) and put them to the test in a real life situation.

The road traffic collision took place earlier this month as Holly, who holds the rank of Cadet Lance Corporal, travelled home from Oswestry.

“We are very proud of Holly and her admirable reactions,” said Colonel David Chipp, Commandant of Gwent and Powys ACF. “Her calm and professional approach made a real contribution to aiding the casualties and enabling the emergency services to do their jobs.

“The incredible initiative shown by Holly included giving up her own jumper to keep a casualty warm. She is a great example of the qualities and character that being a cadet can equip young people with. Holly is a credit to her family, Detachment and community, and, most of all, herself.”

15 year old Holly responded instantly and assessed the three-car incident, before swiftly identifying that one casualty was suffering from shock and required extra-attention.

After providing support to the make the casualties as comfortable as possibly, Holly then briefed the Fire Officer and Air Ambulance crew when they arrived.

The emergency services were thankful for Holly’s help during the handover, which included liaising with and assuring the families of the casualties.

There are more than 4,400 cadets in Wales, who are part of organisations that combine youth work with military-themed training and community based activities.

Cadets grow through life changing experiences as they learn personal and practical skills, whilst also gaining nationally recognised qualifications such as St John’s Ambulance First Aid. Click here to find out more.

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