Interview with one of our first-aiders (heroes)!
When Chloe Leet from CHL Dressage got in touch with us about her recent experience of an emergency situation we were left feeling so grateful (as was she) that she had recently trained with us on our Emergency First Aid course. Chloe was able to use what she had learned and apply it in a real-life emergency situation with confidence and competence.
We asked Chloe some more questions…
SkillBase: Chloe, tell us what happened?
Chloe: I was on my way back from a busy day teaching at a horse riding school when I witnessed a road traffic collision where a vehicle crashed into the side of another vehicle going across a crossroad. A couple were stuck in an overturned vehicle in the ditch and a gentleman was complaining of chest pains in the other car.
There was a couple in a car in front of mine who also witnessed the accident and helped me by calling 999 and helping keep the casualties calm as well as other drivers.
SkillBase: How did you feel at the time?
Chloe: Firstly I felt a little panicked and not totally sure what to do, but I jumped straight into action remembering what I was taught in my SkillBase Emergency Plan and checking everyone was conscious.
SkillBase: And how about after?
Chloe: When I got home I felt incredibly distressed as it just makes you realise anything can happen which can change your life in an instant. I just wanted to know the people involved were all ok. I made sure I spoke to my family after the incident and close friends for support.
SkillBase: What do you remember using as part of your training?
Chloe: I remember using the first part of my resuscitation training as I checked for danger, checked the patients were conscious and delegated to bystanders to call an ambulance on 999. Luckily everyone was conscious so I didn’t have to use the next part, (although I had already started thinking about what I needed to do in case I needed to use CPR!) I just had to keep everyone still and calm until help arrived.
SkillBase: Why do you think you remembered what to do?
Chloe: I remembered what to do as the SkillBase First Aid training is cleverly repetitive and they use different learning styles which helps it to sink in.
SkillBase: Why do you think First Aid training is important?
Chloe: I wouldn’t have known what to do in this situation and would not have reacted so quickly if I had not had first aid training. It showed me that even though I did the training as part of my workplace, the skills you learn are there to help wherever you are and you never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you need to make quick decisions!
SkillBase: How does it feel to be part of a community of heroes-on-standby?!
Chloe: It feels great as it is nice knowing that there are like-minded people ready to help when bad things happen!
We are so proud of Chloe and everything she did to help the people involved in the road traffic accident, a huge well done from all of us here at SkillBase First Aid! And thank you for sharing your experience with us.