Midland Area “WHATS HAPPENS NEXT” talk at Retford MFC

Pictured Andy Symons, BMFA Club Support Officer and Richard Wilkins, Retford Model Flying Club

Thank you to everyone that came along to the Midland area first aid evening hosted by Retford MFC. Clubs from both Midland & Northern areas were in attendance crossing borders was not a problem.

The event was organised after reading about injury reports in the BMFA news, and the following questions was asked. Would club members know what to do or would they rely on other members knowing how to react and maybe save a life?

It was quickly realised that it’s not just wounds that could be an issue, cardiac arrest or strokes can occur at anytime. We have all seen the stroke adverts for FAST but what can you do to help?

With the subject in mind Midland Area looked for a club willing to host a first aid evening, Retford had a venue and a willing member to give a talk on first aid retired Doctor Richard Wilkins.

With the venue booked Midland area secretary Alf Tunnicliffe offered to supply a pie & pea meal to everyone attending.

Andy Symons Club Support Officer was approached for help with support on the BMFA face book pages, Andy came along to  the event to answer any BMFA related questions and enjoy the Midland Area hospitality.

The talk was done via a power point presentation that can be Downloaded here as a Powerpoint , giving any club the possibly of running their own first aid night so below is a brief outline of the evening

The evening started with

How clubs can protect its members before an incident happens.

Register your club with the ambulance service so they would know an exact location. Fast response time could save a life!

Make sure the grid location is available at all times especially if your field is in a remote location

Not all hospitals have an A&E where is your nearest, it could be quicker than waiting for an ambulance.

Where is the nearest defibrillator location the 999 centre will tell you where and what to do but it’s a head start if you know where to look.

Carry a torch if it’s a winter’s afternoon

Fully charged phone

You can fly alone but have you ever tried to bandage yourself, use a mobile phone, and pack all the gear away before you fall unconscious.

Check your clubs first aid kit has been brought up to date and contains a good supply of dressings.

If there is no clubhouse does every member have a car first aid kit.

Set up a day of the week club and encourage pilots to communicate avoiding solo flying

First aid in the event of digit injury  

Keep calm

Organise offers of help – call 999

First aid kit

Plenty of bandages for compression

Keep any severed items in a clean plastic bag

Keep the arm above heart level

You know where A & E located, would it be faster by car or wait for an ambulance

Nil by mouth there may be an operation required

Cardiac arrest and strokes or accidents

First call 999 or 112

Strokes and care during the event and what to do next  including how to get the member into the recovery position was demonstrated.

The operator will tell you what to do if you require a defibrillator

A defibrillator looks complicated but is easy to use as it gives instructions as to what to do

Make sure the injured party is safe (could have collapsed on a runway )

Cardiac arrest compressions and air intake

The area has been contacted by other clubs who are looking to follow Midland Areas initative and run a First Aid Evening to help our presentation is available on the

Midland Area website:  www.midland.bmfa.org

A number of subjects were covered during the evening so everyone in the room was updated to


All attendees went home with new or refreshed knowledge of what to do to help if an incident occurred

Knowledge is power so use it to benefit others.

Due to time constraints Richard has agreed by popular demand to return to the stage with a


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The above is a brief resume of the talk.