Cadets in mock rescue operation

PUBLISHED: 17:30 27 June 2013

Churchill cadets. Photo supplied by Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Churchill cadets. Photo supplied by Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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YOUNGSTERS from Churchill took part in a mock training exercise to help them in case of an emergency.

The North Somerset Volunteer Police Cadets worked alongside Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue (ASSAR) as the teenagers learnt what to do when things go wrong.

The cadets meet weekly on Thursdays and put what they had learnt into practice at Mendip Snowsport Centre.

Cadet leader PC Ray Bradley said: “The cadets had a fantastic day and learnt some valuable skills whilst acting out a mock scenario of searching for a missing, vulnerable woman.

“With the support of ASSAR they learnt how to search for a missing person as part of a team, what to do with evidence they might find, and general tips and tools for enhancing their investigation skills.

“The whole day was as real to life as possible, including the weather, which decided to pour down on us. This helped to make things more realistic and the cadets really had to think on their feet and work together to find the missing woman and get her to safety.”

The cadet scheme was launched last September and allows teenagers, aged 14-17, to help out in the community taking part in tasks such as patrolling with local PCSOs or getting involved in Speedwatch.

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