Training with Casualties Union

People of all ages from 8 up can be accepted into Casualties Union as Trainees.

Younger members will follow a similar training scheme as the older groups, but taking account of their age.

The very basic junior/member training generally starts with examples of simple wound makeup.

A cut finger or wound in the hand or arm. It's amazing - on your very first day you will learn to create a realistic wound. We will then move on to burns and blisters, and bruising and abrasions.

Acting is also an important part of Casualties Union skill. The ability to portray an injury and to understand the signs and symptoms and to control your posture, movement, breathing and vocal response. To cry out if moved in such a way as to cause pain.

One the first things you might expect is to be asked to act is being stung by a wasp or kicked on the shin. Immediate sharp pain which will cause a reaction. On the other hand a toothache is a constant nagging pain.

The first you might associate with a fracture and sudden movement of the affected part. The second is the type of pain you would constantly feel from the same injury.

Don't worry, you won't be asked to act this in isolation - we expect all members to take part in these training sessions - so you will be one of the many doing these. At first you might feel a little silly and find it difficult, but your confidence will grow and when you've done an incident with people who really appreciate the effort you have put in - you will realise how much they value what you have done.

Staging is also a part of Casualties Union training. We expect sometimes to be asked to provide a simple set in which the incident is staged. This can be something such as falling from a bicycle or may involve a maintenance task on a ladder which has caused an accident. Whatever the story, the setting should support it, so the necessary 'props' need to be provided. The story has to be thought out too. For the bicycle - was there anybody with you - where were you going ?? For the maintenance - what was the task - why did you fall - did you lose your balance or just feel giddy (afraid of heights).

In many cases such as major accidents or explosions the staging is provided by the organising body and we have to fit into the scenerio provided.