04/10/2019

Outdoor 16 Hour First Aid versus 40 Hour First Responder – Wilderness Environments

In January 2019 Qualifications Network UK launched the Award in First Responder Level 3 RQF. Remote First Aid are pleased to offer and deliver this Award to it’s new and existing clients, thus allowing employers and organisations to meet their workplace obligations and demands for more advanced first aid training within today’s 21st Century workplace environments.

Remote First Aid offer deliver this award for environment specific arena’s; for those working in Wilderness and Remote locations, such as the Mountain Leader, Forestry Operatives, Highways Agency Staff, Renewable Energy Operatives and the such like. We are also pleased to off those employers and UK Police & Crime Commissioners, where their staff working in high threat positions, such as Traffic and Firearms Teams, Police Equestrian & Underwater Teams and Tactical Support Groups Specifically, our training meets today’s standards. Other tactical arena’s we have supported the employer is Home Office Border Force staff, requiring a more advanced level of training for their overseas deployments in support of UK operations.

Other areas we have delivered training is within the sports environment, specifically Rugby Football Union in support of club specific first aid officers.

In early 2020 we are support a team of overseas explorers who are travelling in wilderness and remote areas as part of a canoe expedition.

If you are seeking a more advanced level of first aid training then some questions you may have might include…

What’s the difference in providing first aid and providing first aid and extended care in hostile or remote locations?

We take a stepwise approach to each learners development over the four or five days you are with our teams. We do expect students to have some experiwnce of first aid, such as holding a First aid at work certificate or outdoor first aid award.

Below you can compare some of the differences.

First Aid Approaches

Conscious Level AVPU

Primary Survey ABCD

Control Bleeding

Monitoring casualties vital signs by hand or eye only.

First Responder Approaches

Conscious Level GCS

Primary Survey C / ABCD /E

Controlling Hemorrhagic Bleeding

Casualty monitoring utalsing, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and temperature via Tympanic thermometer.

Therapeutic interventions depending on an employers needs, may include the administration of medical gases including Oxygen Therapy and administration of N20 for pain management at scene.