Getting shot, having a heart attack and being electrocuted - life as a casualty! (From Warrington Guardian)
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Getting shot, having a heart attack and being electrocuted - life as a casualty!
3:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
CHARLIE Peterken has been shot, had a heart attack and been electrocute all in the past few years.
But the wounds on these pictures are not all as they seem and you do not have to be a vampire to enjoy the blood trickling from the cuts as it is made from corn syrup.
The 36-year-old has suffered the ‘injuries’ all part of her work with the Casualties Union who provide realistic casualties for training purposes.
And her most recent assignment saw her and 15-year-old son David hit the newspapers pictured in tears at a mock terrorist chemical attack in Birmingham.
Charlie said: “The terror attack in Birmingham was such a terrible thing to experience and we took it seriously.
“But we had tons of fun.
“I’m a volunteer with the British Red Cross, through that they needed professional casualties to help with training for branches in Cheshire.
“We were trained on how to do the make up.
“When you do a casualty session it’s not just about blood and guts, it’s about the way you act. I have pretended to have a heart attack before.”
Charlie, of Thorn Tree Gardens, Appleton, has trained to make up wounds for the events - but the most interesting training she has done was pretending to be a dead body which needed to be identified in a makeshift mortuary in Nottingham.
“Body bags are surprisingly cosy. It was a cold building that day,” she added.
The Casualties Union was set up in the Second World War as part of civil defence training.
She added: “Previously when rescuers arrived at bombed out venues they would just have shovels and pick axes and there was a chance of injuring people still alive with their methods of digging out people.
“They set up training for the likes of the Home Front with realistic casualties teaching them how to get people out and treat them.”
And since then they rely on a band of volunteers, who only get paid expenses for their time, to be involved in emergency training for the likes of fire, police and ambulance crews.
Her and Bridgewater High School pupil David were so realistic that they had volunteers asking them if he was okay outside of the terror attack training.
Charlie added: “You can’t be a wallflower because you are shouting, screaming and begging for help. Until someone comes to you and says ‘end of exercise’ you do not stop.
“I have had people coming out of their flats filming what is happening because they think it’s real. You have to make a spectacle.”
To find out more about the union’s work visit casualtiesunion.org.uk.
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