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Training - First Aid - First Response

First Response

All appointed Leaders are required to produce a valid First Aid certificate, of 'First Response' level or above, when their appointment is renewed and for the award of their Wood Badge.

For a qualification to be considered an equivalent to First Response it must meet the following criteria:

  1. The qualification needs to be set by a recognised national body such as St John Ambulance, The British Red Cross, NYA, British Canoeing, MLTB, HSE etc.

  2. The qualification must involve training of at least 6 hours duration.

  3. The qualification must be run by a qualified First Aid trainer.

  4. The qualification must cover the following areas:

    Principles of First Aid
    Initial response to a First Aid situation
    Emergency Life Support (DRABC)
    Causes and Treatment of Unconsciousness
    Bleeding (Major and Minor)
    Heat Exhaustion, heatstroke and hypothermia
    Burns and Scalds
    Fractures and Soft tissue injuries

If a qualification meets the above criteria then it can be considered a suitable alternative to First Response and satify the minimum training requirements for Woodbadge presentation and appointment renewal.

Further information regarding the appropriateness of First Aid qualifications is available in the factsheet FS310547 First Response: Definition and Equivalents .


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