- 31/01/12 - Strode College Public Service Students Take Charge of Mountain Rescue
During their annual ski trip to the Italian resort of Courmayeur last week, Strode College's Public Service students showed great leadership and team work when they took charge of a real medical emergency involving an Australian skier.
During a free ski session the group witnessed an accident in which an Australian skier suffered multiple and serious injuries. Taking charge of the situation the students immediately organised themselves, identified the hazard to other skiers, and sought immediate help from Mountain Rescue.
Using his St John Ambulance Training, Joel Whittaker, who is studying for a Foundation Degree in Public Services at Strode, offered immediate medical assistance and stabilised the patient. Meanwhile, Billy Illingworth, an Extended Diploma Public Services student, skied down to raise the alarm and informed the appropriate authorities. On the arrival of the mountain police the students relinquished their control of the area, but Joel remained with the patient until the helicopter arrived.
Ava Holdstock, the Group Leader in charge of the party at the time, said: "I was amazed to watch the students in action; they were so professional in their approach, calm and in control throughout".
Maurice Holdstock, Public Services Course Manager at Strode said: "This is the response that I would expect from our students as they learn about incident management, leadership and teamwork on the course. They put this into practice with good effect, and I am so proud of them."
"Our courses are designed to prepare students for a role in the public services or to take on a supervisory or management position in any area of work. This incident demonstrates how effective the course is in developing their personal skills and their ability to take charge of situations."
Photo: Strode College Public Services students on their ski trip in the Italian mountains, where some of them calmly took charge of a mountain rescue involving an injured Australian skier.