British Gypsum first aiders win top first aid trophy
British Gypsum work mates, John Wilebur
and Phil Johnson, have reached the pinnacle of their first aid
careers by becoming the UK Champions for the St John
Ambulance Grand Prior Trophy.
The duo, who work in the Barrow-upon-Soar plant in
Leicestershire, beat off stiff competition from more than
20 teams in Rugby, Warwickshire, on 17 November.
Runners up were St John Ambulance Brislington and St Andrew’s
Ambulance Bilston Glen (team B).
First aid knowledge in action
The UK Championship for the Grand Prior Trophy challenges first
aid teams from industry and voluntary organisations across the
country to demonstrate their knowledge in a
variety of realistic first aid scenarios.
first aid in the workplace was often only seen as something that fulfilled legislative requirement rather a necessary life skill that saves lives
Event Manager, St John Ambulance
Run annually by St
John Ambulance, the competitions have been held for more than 60
years. Participants were selected from the top first aid and health
and safety personnel in their respective industries and had won
elimination events to qualify for entry to the championship.
Twelve years of trying finally pays off
Fifty-six-year-old Wilebur and 46-year-old Johnson have been
competing in the Grand Prior Competitions for over 12 years and, up
till now, had won every other trophy, except
for the Grand Prior Trophy.
'Winning the Grand Prior Trophy is the ultimate achievement and
the pinnacle of our career. We take our first aid
training seriously, and treat the annual competition as if the
scenarios are for real,' said John Wilebur.
Plant Manager, Daniel Easter, said the pair
continually train to high standards in first
'They are trained by St John Ambulance and deliver training
internally across the British Gypsum workforce too. They also run
scenarios and competitions, in a similar vein to the Grand Prior
Competitions, to ensure that other workers understand the
importance of first aid. At British Gypsum the health, safety and
wellbeing of our employees is of paramount
aid saves lives
Event Manager Lynda Coude said first aid in the workplace was often
only seen as something that fulfilled legislative requirement
rather a necessary life skill that saves
'The UK championships highlight the commitment and dedication
within business and industry to health and safety issues. The aim
each year is to encourage first aid in the
workplace and to help first aiders train for any
eventuality, so that they can be the
difference between a life lost and a life saved.'
This year's entrants represented the fire services, police
forces, royal mail, electricity associations, port safety and
companies including Hayley Bearings and British Gypsum. Teams from
St John Ambulance and St Andrews Ambulance also took part.