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SEPTEMBER 25TH 2017

Cadet uses First Aid skills on way to college

Madison Martinez

Madison Martinez

An A -Level student from Nottingham jumped into action to assist a man in need on her way to college recently after hearing he had been involved in an accident with a tram.

Cadet Sergeant Madison Martinez, aged 16, is studying computer science, biology and history at The Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) and was travelling to her lessons when the tram she was travelling on came to a standstill on Thursday 7 September at 8.15am.

Madison explained that as soon as someone on the tram said a man had been injured she pulled the emergency door release and opened the tram doors, making her way round to the front of the tram to see what had happened.

She said: “I didn’t think twice when I heard someone was hurt, I have learnt First Aid skills in the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and know that acting quickly can make a positive difference.

“I first of all reassured the man, then tried to get some basic information such as his name and where he was injured. I then worked with three other people on the scene to keep him comfortable before the paramedics arrived.”

Maria Kontogianni Madison Martinez  Sally Andrews (2)

Adult volunteer Dr Maria Kontogianni, Cadet Madison Martinez and adult volunteer Dr Sally Andrews

Madison joined Nottinghamshire ACF’s Nottingham Academy Detachment in Sneinton around three years ago, after previously trying out numerous other hobbies like football, ballet and kickboxing that didn’t hold her interest.

Continuing to explain how she used her First Aid skills, Madison commented: “I used a hair band I had on my wrist to pull his long hair up and out of the way, I then applied pressure to his head to stop the bleeding. I asked someone to ring an ambulance and another person put their coat around him to keep him warm as we could see he was in shock.

“We just tried to keep him warm and comfortable in his time of need. One of the women helping me rang the man’s work to explain what had happened and that he wouldn’t be coming into work, it was a really good example of constructive teamwork.

“When the paramedics arrived I explained what had happened and the relevant timings, then went on with my day. If I wasn’t in the cadets, I wouldn’t have learnt First Aid and therefore wouldn’t have been able to help. I think everyone should learn some basic First Aid skills if they haven’t already as you just never know when they may be needed.”

To find out more about joining Nottinghamshire ACF as a cadet or adult volunteer visit www.armycadets.com or call 0115 983 7645.

“I didn’t think twice when I heard someone was hurt, I have learnt First Aid skills in the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and know that acting quickly can make a positive difference."