Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas
The Accident Corps
The Scouts in Copenhagen have been trained in first aid work by a First-Aid Corps which exists in that city, but I have never seen one anywhere else. I am hoping soon to see some started among ourselves in some of our big towns.
The Danish First-Aid Corps is very much like our Fire Brigade. At the First-Aid Station are motor-cars fitted up with things needed for almost every kind of accident, and they are ready to turn out any moment that their services may be required. Their office is on the telephone with every police station, and when they get a call to an accident, the motor, with all appliances, leaves the station within thirty seconds of the alarm.
When I was there the alarm came that a man had been run over by a tramcar in Market Street. In a few moments a motor lorry ran out of the station equipped with lifting jacks and levers to raise the tramcar, while a second followed it immediately with stretcher and first-aid appliances for the injured man.
In the station were kept all the things necessary for dealing with railway accidents, for rescuing people overcome with gas, for saving people in the water, and for pumping air into them when apparently drowned; there were derricks for raising fallen horses, and fire escapes of every kind. In fact, it was fitted up and manned by thirty men, all trained and prepared to deal with every kind of accident that could well happen.
Well, that’s just what I should like to see done by Boy Scouts in our country towns and villages. They might make their clubroom a first-aid station, with as many appliances as they could get together in the shape of bicycles, hand-carts, ladders, jumping-sheets, stretchers, bandages, spare harness, and with every Scout trained to deal with every kind of accident, or to form fence while others rendered first-aid, and so on.
The Dutch Scouts’ Stretcher
There might be some way of sending round or sounding the “alarm” when an accident was reported, to bring together in a few minutes the patrol whose turn it was for duty.
In this way Scouts would do most valuable work.