could save a life
He’s now the county support officer for youth.
“There was a big celebration with the Queen in Hyde Park,” he said. “I saw that on TV and that made me want to join.
“It’s just very rewarding. It’s quite addictive in a way. I work with the cadets mainly now but I still go out on duty and it’s very interesting, there are lots of training opportunities too.”
He also has many memories of helping people out in different ways. “I remember one gentleman having a stroke in front of me and that was quite alarming,” he said.
“Sometimes these things test you, they sharpen your skills and make you think. I do remember as a child having to get the stretcher and help to deal with someone who’d had an accident on a motorbike at a race.”
Mr Adams, who is also a lecturer at a college in Huntingdon, says the young cadets, aged between 10 and a half and 18, get a lot out of their experiences.
“They do first aid but they do all sorts of other things as well,” he said. “I think they get a lot out of it because it’s so varied. Just being out on duty they develop their inter-personal skills with adults. They can administer first aid under supervision.
“It’s good for social development, it’s good for skills development. A lot of people use it as a route into a career. It gives you greater confidence. I think everybody needs to know first aid to be able to deal with everyday situations.”
To find out more about St John Ambulance, call 08700 104950 or visit www.sja.org. uk
LIFE-SAVING: St John Ambulance volunteer Doreen Cant is ‘treated’ by Neil Townsend and Lisa Bosomworth under the watchful eye of Kevin and Jamie during a training session. (METP-08-06-10A111) LIFE-SAVING: St John Ambulance volunteer Doreen Cant is ‘treated’ by Neil Townsend and Lisa Bosomworth under the watchful eye of Kevin and Jamie during a training ses-