Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Scouts plan a two-day outdoor first aid course to raise funds and educate the public

Lifesaving scouting idea

by Andy Bryenton

Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Scouts have partnered up with Triple One Care to organise a potentially life saving outdoor first aid course on July 13–14. 

Not only will this course teach medical first response skills; it’s also a fundraiser helping get the scouts to this year’s jamboree.

Regional scout leader Bruce Ferguson says that this opportunity is well advised for both average citizens who enjoy the outdoors, and those who work there. 

“Previous courses have included forestry professionals, for example. This time we may have members of the pony club joining in, so we can arrange training scenarios to be appropriate.” 

Hikers, farmers, trail riders and rock climbers are among other examples of those who may benefit from the two-day course, which will be run by a paramedic with more than 25 years experience. He’s the same man who was called on to train the prime minister’s bodyguards in 2018.

Completing the course covers NZQA 6401, 6402, 6400 and 424, all part of being first aid qualified. Funds raised thanks to people attending the course will assist the Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Scouts in their journey to Jamboree, where they will team up with Horahora and Dargaville to represent the mid-north in a tradition which dates back to 1937. Those wishing to join the course must enlist well in advance — call 021 431 254 for more information.