Limavady students in rescue exercise

Volunteers Holly Patterson and Lois Denney working with motorcycle 'casualty' Ryan McFarland while Limavady firefighters  work to free Ryan and other simulated casualties trapped inside the car. (0207SJ76)
Volunteers Holly Patterson and Lois Denney working with motorcycle 'casualty' Ryan McFarland while Limavady firefighters work to free Ryan and other simulated casualties trapped inside the car. (0207SJ76)

Students from Limavady High School and their parents had a starring role in this year’s Red Cross Emergency Response training exercise.

The annual simulation event provided a vital learning opportunity for Red Cross first aid volunteers as well as students from the Nursing Studies Department at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus.

Exercise coordinator, Alistair McFarland, said pupils learned a lot from the exercise.

“Pupils from our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme played casualties for the Red Cross ambulance and first aid teams in the simulated disaster scenario.

“They got to see how first aid and medical professionals work together to manage a large scale emergency. Professional stage makeup and no doubt some fine acting by volunteer casualties will all help make the scenario as realistic as possible and provide the ideal training opportunity for nurses and Red Cross teams to practice their casualty location, triage, first aid and emotional support skills.”

Limavady High School Principal, Mr S Laverty, was delighted to partner with the Red Cross and the various emergency services.

He said: “It was a great opportunity for pupils to see at first hand how real nurses cope with very demanding life and death situations.”