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B…I’m an Armourer…

VERY short blog post. This is just too funny not to share…

Today I have been doing my annual ‘Common Core Skills’ training day. It’s the day we brush up on our military skills. Annual weapons training, into the ‘Gas Chamb’ Respirator Confidence Facility to make sure we can remember how do deal with a Chemical environment, a load of annual briefings, all rounded off by a Combat First Aid session.

Bar the briefings, they are mostly practical, hands-on lessons, where you watch a demonstration, hear what to do and then give it a go practical ‘go’ after.

So there we are. Watching the demonstration of how to put someone – a casualty – into the recovery position, emphasising the new dimension that Body Armour brings to that usually simple task. Two ‘volunteers’ were ‘selected’ from the class to demonstrate. Two Armourers.

So with one of them on the floor playing the casualty, the other eventually rolls him over and onto his front/side in the recovery position. And the instructor, an RAF Regiment Cpl, goes on to say that with the casualty in that position, the airway is maintained, and it is easy to take the pulse of the injured lad – particularly the carotid pulse.

‘Ok, so take his pulse,’ he told the armourer on his knees.

‘Errrrrrrrr.’

‘You know how to check his pulse, yeah?’ quizzed the ‘Rock’.

The lad, who was maybe 19-20 years old still looked less than certain.

‘Ok, you use your fingers to find the Carotid Artery here’ pressing his hand on the other lads neck, ‘And then you count the beats for a minute. We are a bit short of time here this afternoon, so just do it for 30 seconds and double it.’

The lad reached onto his friends neck and started counting.

‘Woah!’ stopped the instructor. ‘How do you know you are going to be doing it for 30 seconds? Do you have a watch?’

‘No,’ said the first-aider-to-be, with all the sincerity that he could muster ‘But I was just going to count to thirty…’

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7 thoughts on “B…I’m an Armourer…

  1. Plumber fires, plumber stops. Cock, hook, look. On looking inside you find…..Very little in the chamber..

    Priceless

  2. Dave Thomas on said:

    That sounds like every Armourer I ever met in my 12 years in the RAF

  3. dudropt on said:

    Armourers are the new Blondes :)’

  4. Don’t worry, the latest version of Armourer friendly First Aid CCS training doesn’t require taking a pulse. It would seem that most people in an emergency situation can’t take a pulse reliably (even if they do have a watch)! So now you look, listen and feel for breaths. If the casualty isn’t breathing you go straight into “STAYIN’ ALIVE” chest compressions AT 100pm and rescue breaths (ratio 30:2).

  5. As a civilian who has gone through intenseFirst Aid training I can gel with the lad’s nervousness. When faced with potentially having to save a life, the natural instinct is for one’s own adrenalin to kick in – resulting in our own pulse rates soaring. When trying to take the pulse of a sick or injured individual – even at the very strongly pulsing carotid – it can be confusing when one feels one’s own pulse at the same time.
    So I beg you, go easy on your Armourers (even if they are traditionally a source of initiation merriment). My recommendation is to teach those ‘newbies’ how to control their own fear/pulse rate when dealing with an emergency – a few deep breaths can often make a huge difference to making an incorrect diagnoses or, worse, coming out with a daft remark that will haunt them for ever more:)

  6. And what muppet trades are you lot then? I would imagine it requires a pen and some paper and a nice office chair with some wheels on. You’re just satellites, always have been and always will be.

    A I’m an Armourer

  7. Plumber1 on said:

    Ooohh…Ancil’s getting on their high horse,Go raise some barriers…
    As Lord Trenchard said “Without Armament,the is no Air Force”

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