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Dales Paramedic helps Brownies win first aid award

[Thursday 20 April 2006]

BROWNIES in Catterick have been awarded their First Aid Badges thanks to tuition from a local Paramedic.

Ken Nicholas is an Emergency Medical Technician based at the Bainbridge ambulance station with the Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service (TENYSA).

Paramedic Ken Nicholas with the Catterick Brownies
Paramedic Ken Nicholas with the Catterick Brownies

Ken was drafted in by Brown Owl Sue Price to help the girls, aged 7 -10, gain both their First Aid and Advanced First Aid badges.

He said: "The girls were all really good listeners. We covered how the body works, bleeding and fractures, asthma, epilepsy and diabetes. They also practised putting each other into the recovery position."

Sue explained that the course was part of a scheme to teach the Brownies about the wider community: "They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were really excited when they heard Ken was coming.

"They all want to become paramedics! I'm really proud of them all."

A special award was made to Jemma Ellis, who took a special interest in the topic. Ken added: "She was really enthusiastic and was always first to try and answer questions."

If anyone is interested in joining the Rainbows, Brownies or Guides in the Catterick area, call Sue Price on 01748 831153.

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