Cornish student amongst youngest to complete First Response qualification

A Cornish student has become one of the youngest people to complete a First Response Emergency Care qualification in Cornwall as she peruses her lifelong dream of becoming a paramedic.

Jody Mills is currently in her second year studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Truro College and recently took it upon herself to complete a Level 3 qualification in First Response Emergency Care (FREC).

Seventeen-year-old Jody hopes to complete Levels 4, 5 and 6 of the FREC training when she turns 18, which will give her the qualifications she needs to become a paramedic. Jody said: “I’ve wanted to be a paramedic since I was really young, but I find the theory side of things a bit more difficult. The training was really good because it’s more practical based and the written assessments were multiple choice, which for me was amazing. I learnt how to insert airways, control catastrophic bleeding and CPR, all the usual first aid. You basically just learn how to keep patients alive until a paramedic gets there.

“Doing the Level 4 will mean I will get to go on a placement, which could include going to Mexico for six weeks where I would ride around in the back of an ambulance doing things like delivering babies. After you reach Level 6, you can become a qualified paramedic. So, you don’t actually have to go through the university route.”

The training centre where Jody completed her assessments included a variety of simulated scenarios that allowed her to experience different emergency situations.

“There was a car in one room so you could practice getting a casualty out of a vehicle, and there were streets, bedrooms, lounges and kitchens all filled with dummies and fake blood everywhere with poles sticking through them, really anything you could imagine. It was quite dramatic. You’re let in with your kit bag and just do what you have to do and that’s how you’re assessed.”

Although Jody was the youngest on the course by at least 10 years, she didn’t feel overwhelmed thanks to the subjects covered on her course at Truro College.

“They hadn’t seen someone of my age before. It was a little daunting at first, but I felt quite proud because I’d gone and done something by myself and just got it done. The course at the College really prepared me. All of the first aid we’ve done and safeguarding all fitted in really well.

 “Health and Social Care at the College is really good, I would definitely recommend it. I would also recommend In Safe Hands as it’s more practical. You don’t have to spend hours and hours writing: you listen, you learn it and then you do it.”