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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 12 (March 1, 1935)

Practical Training in First Aid

Practical Training in First Aid.

First-aid for the injured forms an important part of the training of the railwayman. The first-aid movement, sponsored by the St. John Ambulance Association, has enthusiastic followers throughout Britain, and the railway managements are happy to assist in every way the spread of the movement.

During the present winter season, first-aid classes are being held all over the railway system. The training, supervised by qualified medical men, is absolutely free. The lectures are held in the evening, and last about one hour each. They are followed by practical work, and ultimately by an examination. Successful candidates receive a certificate and a metal coat-badge to indicate that they are qualified to render efficient first-aid. The second year's study leads up to a “voucher” award, and the third up to a medallion, also carrying with it additional free travelling facilities. Fifteen-year ambulance experts, with their gold medals, are quite common, while there are also many railwaymen who proudly display their twenty-year bars, quarter-century medals and thirty-year bars. Contests are held between different ambulance teams of each railway, while there is every year an inter-railway challenge shield to be won by the best all-round ambulance team in Britain. It is not a pleasant feeling to stand by, helpless and undecided, when one's neighbour has met with an accident, and ambulance training is, beyond doubt, one of the finest studies any railwayman can take up.

Interior of the new 232 lever all-electric signal box, King's Cross, London.

Interior of the new 232 lever all-electric signal box, King's Cross, London.