Badgers learn to save lives
PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 May 2011
EMERGENCY teams from Weston General Hospital, Burnham Coastguard and Somerset police, fire and ambulance crews helped share their skills with more than 80 youngsters.
The county’s badger groups – children aged five to 10 affiliated to St John Ambulance – came together for a special event to learn emergency skills.
Somerset badger leader Carolyn Newton said: “The badgers were busy having 20-minute workshops with each agency, finding out what they did and the range of equipment they used to rescue and help people.
“They were able to ask questions and try out equipment - including the fire hose. The police dogs came and gave a demonstration, with two dogs showing how they search for drugs and control crowds.
“We teach first aid to very young children and know that they are more than capable of learning these skills and in some cases saving the lives of their friends and family.
“This day was aimed at expanding their knowledge so they are fully prepared to act responsibly in an emergency.”