Craig Wood

Joined 1982

Whitefield Quadrilateral Division, Greater Manchester

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Black and white photograph of four young people lifting a person onto the back of a truck on a stretcher. An adult male looks on and is making notes on a clipboard. The truck is parked in a field.
Cadets from Cleveland loading a casualty in a Cadet rescue competition, 1978 Image courtesy of the Museum of the Order of St John (A5266)
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Many memories as a Cadet in competitions. And that has probably taught me my First Aid and I’ll say to anybody that’s going through, the best way to learn First Aid is to teach it or practice it in a safe environment. And that’s what a competition is, a safe environment to practice your First Aid. I’ve been up to regional level several times. Never made it to national level probably because we were messing about far too much and enjoying ourselves far too much. But the team, it was just we were so bonded together and we kind of knew what each other was going to do and how we would react in any given situation. It was a really good team and the girl that was with us called Melanie, she was a great number one. She could talk your socks up and down which was what at the time the judges want to hear. They want to hear what was happening and what we’re doing, and she was a really good number one. So many happy memories about being – so many annoying points because you want to win all the time. But so many happy memories and so many traumatic memories about it. Because you get put in and see things that you wouldn’t normally see. So when you go out on duty and you see the cut finger and all that kind of stuff it’s nothing, you don’t blink. Because you’ve been dealing with some horrible things when you’ve been on an event, on a competition. So it’s a great way of learning stuff, I recommend it to everybody. I wish there was more competitions.

Excerpt courtesy of Craig Wood