CPR-a-thon is a QFA-run awareness campaign aimed to teach CPR and its importance in life-threatening scenarios to the Queen’s community. A booth is set up in the ARC, and we teach passers-by the basics of recognizing to call 911 and administer CPR for someone who is not breathing. Each year those who try CPR get entered in a raffle draw to win a prize- in 2013 the lucky winner got an ipod, and in 2014 a Go-Pro and a Standard First Aid course with St. John Ambulance are up for grabs!
QFA attends two First Aid conferences throughout the year in order to improve our first aid abilities and liaise with other Campus Response teams. Both conferences consist of seminars as well as a competition, and are sanctioned by ACERT, the Association of Campus Emergency Response Teams of Canada. Competitions consist of scenarios and mass casualty events, where teams of three work together to provide the best treatment for the casualties injured, and provide support to all people in need for a designated period of time.
The first conference, MIXER, is held in fall, and is a shorter and slightly more casual competition where competing teams of three are made up of members from different schools. NCCER (National Conferences of Campus Emergency Responders) sees teams from each school compete for bronze, silver and gold. Both conferences are a great opportunity to see how other teams operate in order to improve the quality of our service.
In 2013, QFA hosted a very successful MIXER, theme ‘This is not a Game’. Look in our photo albums for some pictures of the life-like casualty simulation, and to see responders administering first aid in mass casualty and other situations!