first aid courses Nottingham Fire and Rescue has been running high-level Community First Aid (CFA) courses since 2016. These high-level courses are highly cost-effective, which is why the service has now extended the program to enable more people from across Nottinghamshire to take part in a CFA course. The course, which can be completed over a few hours, is tailored for everyone from stay-at-home parents to members of the emergency services. The sessions will cover the following topics:· Hands-on assessment and early action· Decision making· Situational awareness· Medical skills· BPS 17 and 18· CPR· Bloodborne Pathogens· Fire safety– roof tie-ins· Hygiene and infection control· Asthma· Respiratory Protection· Mental health• Lifestyle changes· Homebased care at home as well as carers· Mental health support any one time, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is responding to around 12,000 calls for help, of which about 90% are fire-related. The CFA course offers a fun and easy way for people to learn valuable skills that will help them, or their families, when in need.Councillor Richard Davies, Chair of the City of Nottingham Joint Policing Committee, which is sponsoring the initiative, said: “The range of skills that can be and fire doors· Fire escape planning· First aid in the home· Use of 999· Use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) or ‘Quick response codes’· Smoke alarms· Perishable food safety· Parenting and child welfare· Countermeasure certification· Chemical safety· Aviation/aviation security· Civil Aviation Security· Prison security· Handling of weapons· to all primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. This means CFA training will now be delivered to primary care organizations in almost every part and lead to BEMSA and Royal College of Nursing Level 1 certifications. These certifications have been recognized nationally by the Home Office which is one of the most prestigious awards available. They also have the ability to lead to the awarding of the Airport Management Qualification and Nurses and Midwives Qualification.
Benefits of first aid courses
Each course is tailored to the participants in order to help them gain a full understanding of how to treat a casualty. There are also many practical elements of the course which means the participant will gain some practical skills and potentially see first-hand the effectiveness of these skills in a real life setting.
Looking ahead to a future where there is a diverse range of professionals working in emergency services the possibility of loss of life through negligence or error cannot be ruled out. And when it comes to first aid, it is a stark reality that many people may never be taught in school or on a job site. It is therefore vital that we all have the chance to learn how to help in an emergency situation and gain the confidence and knowledge to provide first aid in our homes, schools, workplaces, hospitals and anywhere else where life threatening incidents occur.