Teams of first aiders tend to victims in mock accident scenes at a skills competition last weekend. St. John Ambulance Cadets from Vancouver work on casualties

First aiders converge

About 80 kids from across B.C. dealt with heart attacks, broken bones, serious cuts, sprains and other medical conditions at Robron Centre last Saturday in mock accident scenes

About 80 kids from across B.C. dealt with heart attacks, broken bones, serious cuts, sprains and other medical conditions at Robron Centre last Saturday in mock accident scenes.

The fake scenarios, which modelled real-life situations, tested the first aid skills of St. John Ambulance Cadets, ranging in age from seven to 18 years old.

Competitors were judged on how well they dealt with casualties in five different situations: a car accident where live wires have fallen down; maintenance workers in an accident involving a ladder; workers moving boxes with a dolly who collide with two students; a pick-up game of baseball that goes horribly wrong; and horse-play in a school hallway.

This is the 22nd year Campbell River has hosted the First Aid Skills competition which includes a banquet and trophy presentations.

This year awards went to Leona Szeto of Vancouver (best junior first aider), Adam Fong of Vancouver (best intermediate first aider) and Natalie Choy and Carsyn Coward who shared the Award of Distinction.

Two teams from Vancouver, one from Richmond and one from Tri-Cities were the top point getters in each of the three scenarios in the junior division.

Teams from Vancouver, Richmond and Nanaimo had top rankings in each of three scenarios in the intermediate competition.