First Aid

The Heartstart Course is a basic 3 hour life saving skills course which covers Emergency Life Support to preserve life for all cadets and staff. The course is recognized by the British Heart Foundation and is a fiarly short course, typically lasting around 2 hours and covers the following:

  • Deal with an unconscious person
  • Recognise a heart attack and a cardiac arrest
  • Perform CPR
  • Deal with choking
  • Respond to serious bleeding

All cadets are required to be heartstart qualified 3 months after being enrolled.

Youth First Aid (YFA)
The aim of this award is to provide enhanced first aid training. The qualification is valid for
3-years, and the training will be delivered over 12-hours. The course covers:

• Asthma • Bites and stings • Minor bleeding
• Bleeding and shock • Bone, muscle and joint injuries • Burns and scalds
• Choking (adults) • Communication and casualty care • Coping in an emergency
• Electric shock • Fainting • First aid kit
• Foreign objects • Head injuries • Heat exhaustion
• Hypothermia • Keeping safe and warm • Low blood sugar
• Poisons • Primary survey • Recovery position
• Resuscitation (adult) • Seizures • Severe allergic reaction
• Spinal injury


Activity First Aider (AFA)
The AFA is a professionally recognised first aid qualification. The AFA consists of 12 hours continuous training and is available to cadets and staff over the age of 16. Completion of the coursefagreenbadge meets the criteria for the cadet green first aid badge.


First Aid At Work (FAAW)
FAAW is a HSE accredited first aid qualification. The FAAW consists of 3 days of continuous training and is available to cadets and staff over 18