On Monday the 17th & Tuesday the 18th of this week the C.V.C. rangers took part in 2 days of first aid training. The attendees included the employees of Clarens Xtreme in addition to the rangers, all of whom were very kindly sponsored (at no small expense, may I add) by Ollie Esplin.
The course held at Clarens Xtreme, consisted of 1 full days combined first aid training, levels 1 & 2 followed by a half day combined training and examination. It included a theoretical component as well as hands on practical sessions. Topics covered included C.P.R. and other resuscitation based techniques; treatment of an assortment of wounds, ailments and injuries in emergency situations; survey of hazardous situations and reporting procedure – all drawing from real life scenarios.
The rangers, most of whom hadn’t before attended a first aid course found the terminology somewhat challenging but interesting nonetheless. When asked what they thought of the course at the end of the second day one of our rangers, Eben Mofokeng had this to say: “I found the first aid training very important as a person who patrols mountains, particularly on a hot day. I now have the knowledge to assist children, tourists and hikers on our trails in emergency situations. I suggest that every human being and every household should have this knowledge.” Amos Miya stated “I found the course good as it gives me the knowledge to look after my family and community and is useful in my job. It has taken the fear away about situations I didn’t before know how to handle and I think it is a wonderful thing, thank you to CX management.” Samuel Miya when asked responded that “For me this refresher training helped me remember things that I had forgotten and I even learned some new things. I am glad of the opportunity to learn and I want to say thank you to Ollie, you are a true gentleman.”
From the side of C.V.C. management we would like to say a big thank you to Ollie for his support of the conservancy and its rangers. We recognise this as a crucial aspect in the training of our rangers and although we hope the rangers never need it, the truth is that training of this sort may just help save lives. Thank you again CX!
Clarens News: March 2014