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My day learning to be First Aider at St John Ambulance service

Today I attended a first aid course (for work) be a First Aider.

I feel that learning basic first aid is essential for everyone.

First aid is such a simple skill and has an amazing impact. Everyone should learn it – after all you could be the difference between life and death.


It was run by St John Ambulance service and below is my review.

Who are St John Ambulance

They are the leading UK training first aid charity.

Each year they train over 800,000 people to learn how to save a life. The volunteers provide first aid in the local communities, keeping people safe at major public events and also working with the NHS in response to 999 calls.

During my one day course (and you were assessed at each stage). I passed the test so I am now a qualified first aider at my work place.

We learned the following

  • The role of the First Aider
  • Coping with an emergency
  • Bleeding (minor and severe)
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Defibrillator prompts and how to respond
  • Health and safety (first aid) regulations
  • Resuscitation (adult CPR)
  • Seizures (adult)
  • Shock
  • Unresponsive casualty
  • Defibrillator pad placement

The course is a one day course. Most work places require a limited number of first aiders (and fire wardens). Ask your HR person if you are interested in becoming a first aider.


Would you know what to do in this instance?

What is a first aider

First aid is the immediate assistance given to someone who is ill or injured.

The first few minutes before the emergency services arrives means you will be giving basic first aid which can be the difference between life and death.

The most common causes to need basic first aid are

  • Choking
  • Heart not beating
  • Severe bleeding
  • Heart attack
  • Blocked airway

Anyone of any age can become a first aider.

Generally the skills are straightforward (although it take me a few attempts to learn the full procedure of the recovery position).  Learning these skills is invaluable.

Being a first aider does not just stop at the work place. Think about your commute to work each day, what if you are out shopping, looking after children, playing sport or just generally out and about. What would you do if faced with someone in trouble?

If you are planning to be a first aider it is important you receive appropriate training so you have the skills and knowledge for your role.

First aid training is not a one-off process. You will require to make sure you have regular updates and refresher courses to ensure your knowledge and skills are kept up to date.

So why not consider learning first aid with The St John Ambulance service.

After all you never know when you may be called on to save a life.

Contact details

St John Ambulance, 27 St John’s Lane, London EC1M 4BU

Tel (for your regional office) 0844 770 4800

Website: www.sja.org.uk 

So why not do something that could eventually save a life. What a great feeling that would be.


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