A teenage Army cadet has been praised for his quick thinking when he used the first aid skills that he had been taught in cadets to go to the aid of an injured woman in Swansea.
Cadet Corporal Jack Davies who hopes to become an Army combat medic, put his skills to the test in a real life situation when he helped a women who was found injured in an underpass near Swansea Railway Station last month.
Keeping a cool head, he applied pressure and a bandage to the injury and stayed with the casualty keeping her talking until paramedics arrived around 15 minutes later.
Jack from B (Swansea and Neath) Company of Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force (ACF) explained everything he had done to the paramedics and was able to pass on the casualty’s details.
“It was quite surreal but I was just glad that the training I have done kicked in and that I was able to help her,” said Jack, who is currently on the Royal College of Nursing Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme.
“I was already dead set on becoming an Army combat medic and this incident gave me a taste of what it could be like and has made me even more determined to achieve my goal.
“I’ve always enjoyed first aid and been interested in treating injuries and I’ve always wanted to join the Army so to become an Army combat medic seems the perfect career choice for me.”
The Commandant Colonel Terry Hayter said, “Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF are hugely proud of Cadet Corporal Davies and how he reacted to a serious incident. His quick-thinking actions and ability to keep level headed in this situation are a testament to the training which Jack has received during his time as an Army cadet.”
Jack, who works as a customer service advisor, joined the Army cadets at 14, and is currently waiting to hear back on his Army application.
“My father was in the Army and both my parents were Cadet Force Adult Volunteers so joining the Army cadets was a natural progression for me and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough for any teenagers.
“You learn life skills, how to organise your time and how to represent both yourself and your organisation to the best of your ability.
“It’s also great fun! You get to go away with your mates at weekends and do lots of really great activities.”
The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme gives young members of uniformed organisations an introduction to potential careers in nursing. Those who have successfully completed the scheme are awarded a special badge to wear on their uniform.
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.