First Aid

Have you considered the importance of learning First Aid? More importantly have you considered the implications of you or a member of your family/group becoming injured during a time when the health service are unable to respond as quickly as normal, or even at all. It doesn't have to be a SHTF situation you could be sat at home eating dinner and your partner starts choking or you have an accident with an axe whilst chopping wood for the log fire. Whatever the reason, knowing First Aid, makes sense!! In fact even basic First Aid, can save lives, limbs and resources.

Several of our members have completed their Outdoor First Aid Level 3 Certification (recommended), others have completed or requested First Aid in the Workplace training, others have medical training from their days in the Armed Forces. In any case some training is better than none.

We recommend the Outdoor First Aid course as mentioned above as it is based and set outdoors in an environment many of us spend a lot of time, and may find ourselves in in a Bug Out scenario. The skills themselves are transferable to any situation, however the premise for the course is working on the basis that emergency services either can't reach you or will be in excess of 4 hours away. To give you a comparison, First Aid in the Workplace assumes help can be there in 30 minutes to an hour. The longer you can keep someone breathing the better.


As a bare minimum we suggest you learn the response procedures and treatment for the following First Aid topics. 

  • First Aid Equipment

  • Assessment of the situation

  • Prioritising treatment

  • Environmental factors

  • Dealing with an unresponsive casualty

  • Bandaging

  • Choking

  • Moving a casualty

  • Shock (including Anaphylaxis)

  • Heart attacks

  • Poisoning

  • Control of bleeding

  • Head injuries

  • Eye injuries

  • Chest injuries

  • Abdominal injuries

  • Sprains and strains

  • Burns and scalds

  • Fractures and spinal injuries

  • Asthma

  • Diabetes

  • Epilepsy

  • Hypothermia

  • Frostbite

  • Heat exhaustion

  • Bites and stings

  • Minor injuries