Read the testimony of a St John Ambulance’s participant in the First Aid competition of the ‘Johanniter Day’

Bochum, Germany, 03. June 2018

Picture by St John Ambulance

Once every two years, Johanniter Germany organises a 'Johanniter Day' including a major First Aid Competition. This year, hundreds of St John volunteers and staff from all the country and abroad were expected in the city of Bochum. Two teams of St John Ambulance coming from London and from Northern Ireland competed in the First Aid Competition. 

You will find here below the general impression from the ‘Johanniter Day’ as reported by Robert Harris, who travelled from Norther Ireland to Bochum.

Picture by Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany

“I would like to begin by thanking everyone who looked after us, from the staff who picked us up from the airport to the translator that was with us every step of the way. We arrived on Friday evening 1st of June and was given a warm welcome by our Johanniter driver who escorted us to our hotel. After checking in, we attended a meet and greet session with the all competitors from Johanniter Germany.  

Saturday morning was an early start, breakfast 7.30am followed by a church service at 8am which all competitors attended. This was a great opportunity to see the range of competitors, proud in their uniforms.  



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The first section of the competition was a 20-question, multiple choice written paper, which was under strict exam conditions. The next challenge was a four-person team test. This was located in the town square which gave us a great opportunity to see the local scenery. The third challenge was for all six members of the team to diagnose three separate casualties in pairs. This was located across the square with locals watching a taking videos which gave Johanniter great publicity, promote skills and engage with the public. Next came the most difficult test - The Transport Test.  Four members of the team were to carry a stretcher weighing 75kilos, with a small bowl of water fixed on a spindle which moved in a pendular motion when stretcher was lifted. The idea was not to spill the water and successfully transport the stretcher over the obstacle course in a reasonable time. By the end of this test, we were delighted we didn't spill much water or drop the weighted stretcher. Our final test was a four-person test in pairs performing CPR and using a Defibrillator.  


Picture by Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany 

After an enjoyable day of competing, all members of Johanniter came together to celebrate the day and await anxiously the results. During the celebrations all competitors were entertained by performers and music. During a performance we were formally introduced along with our colleagues from London. At this point it was announced that we came joint 6th with the London team. We were awarded with certificates, medals and a trophy. After the presentation of awards all competitors celebrated together. This was a great opportunity for members to swop uniforms and memorabilia. A great night was had by all.

We now look forward to our next visit in 2020”. 

Picture by Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany