First Aid for Heritage, Conservation and Ecology Organisations

Heritage, Conservation and Ecology organisations typically work in a wide variety of situations including rural and remote areas and/or at sites that may present access difficulties for the emergency services. A mixture of staff and volunteers can be engaged in a wide variety of tasks including; manual labour (with hand tools & power tools), surveys, leading walks, managing work parties and admin tasks.

Longer emergency service response times, poor conditions underfoot and the Great British weather can all conspire to make a first aider’s job more difficult. Procedures for lone workers also need to be taken into consideration.

NPT first aid training takes these factors into account to deliver high quality environment specific training that precisely meets the needs of clients within these sectors.

 Designed For

  • Conservation Officers

  • Ecologists

  • Education Officers

  • Volunteer Coordinators

  • Rangers

  • Walk Leaders

  • Student Placements

  • Nature Reserve Staff

Solutions For You

North Pennines Training are able to offer a range of training courses and services that are relevant to the sector:

This is the most popular of our courses and it can be easily tailored to the needs of the sector. This is most commonly  loosely based on the specification identified in the Forestry Commissions First Aid Policy as this is a specification that has been adopted by many large organisations in the land-based sector.

It covers the standard EFAW syllabus and also includes:

  • Dealing with remote sites.
  • Serious bleeds (as might be experienced with chainsaw, clearing saws, etc).
  • Crush injuries (from incidents such as vehicle rollovers, etc)
  • Hypothermia
  • Lyme Disease

Duration:  8 hours (including breaks) – usually delivered over 1 day.

Lifespan:  3 years

Requalification: Attendance at another EFAW course.

This is the most comprehensive of our standard first aid courses – Again it can be tailored specifically to the sector and the most common starting point for this is to base it loosely on the specification identified in the Forestry Commissions First Aid Policy as this is a specification that has been adopted by many large organisations in the land-based sector.

It covers the standard FAW syllabus and also includes:

  • Dealing with remote sites.
  • Serious bleeds (as might be experienced with chainsaw, etc).
  • Crush injuries (from incidents such as vehicle rollovers, etc.)

The longer duration allows for a more detailed insight into many of the issues facing first aiders in this environment.

Duration:  18 hours – usually delivered over 3 days. (This does not have to be 3 consecutive days)

Lifespan:  3 years from the last day of the course


If the original qualification is still valid or a requalification course can be completed within one calendar month beyond the original qualification expiry date then it is posible to attend a 12 hour (2 day) First Aid at Work Requalification course.

If the original qualification will have expired by more than one calendar month then you must attend the full 18 hour (3 day) First Aid at Work qualification.

The content of this course is exactly the same as the full 18 hour (3 day) first aid at work qualification but it is covered in a shorter 12 hour (2 day) course.

It is only possible to attend this course if it will be completed no more than one calendar month beyond the expiry of the original qualification.

Please check before booking that the current qualification is of the correct type and validity.

The early versions of this course were originally developed for the outdoor activity sector and as such were designed from the outset to cover outdoor specific first aid. This is an excellent course for the sector and is our recommendation to most organisations working within conservation and ecology.

A highly practical course that covers a great deal of topics in 2 days.

Duration:  16 hours – usually delivered over 2 days.

Lifespan:  3 years

Requalification: By attending another 16 hour Outdoor First Aid course.

NPT have a highly qualified and experienced team and therefore the possibilities are endless:

  • CPR & AED (Defibrillator)
  • Catastrophic Bleeding
  • Oxygen Administration
  • Anaphylaxis and Adrenaline Auto-Injectors (e.g. Epipen)

We can work with you to design and deliver the precise training that you require.

The HSE suggested course content for annual refresher training includes:

  • Acting safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency.
  • Dealing with an unconscious casualty
  • Administering CPR
  • Dealing with bleeding
  • Dealing with shock

These subjects can be amended or added to depending on the risks identified in the workplace.

They can also easily be incorporated into site based training exercises.

A robust emergency plan is an important part of health and safety considerations for Heritage, Conservation and Ecology organisations. Workers in these industries will typically either be faced with:

a) A longer wait for the emergency services to arrive on scene


b) Conducting at least some of the casualty evacuation themselves

North Pennines Training can assist with the design and implementation of emergency plans and also conduct training to test (and practice) emergency plans.

Due to the nature of our work we get to play with a lot of kit. We also hear a lot of feedback on our courses about which kit has worked really well and which should be avoided. Based on this knowledge we have selected particular items of kit that we know work well and we can now supply these items to our clients. These include:

  • Bespoke AED (defibrillator) kits designed for harsh environments
  • Trauma Dressings
  • Blizzard Casualty Protection Blankets
  • Celox Haemostatic Dressings

Contact us for details.

Satisfied Clients……………

North Pennines Training have a great depth of experience in the delivery of first aid training to a wide variety of organisations.

A process of continual improvement combining the the most current thinking in pre-hospital care with feedback collected from every candidate that attends our courses  means that our courses are very highly regarded.

As a result of this approach our client list currently includes some of the key organisations in this sector in the North of England and throughout the UK.

Thanks again for providing a very thorough and informative course yesterday. Having done numerous EFAW+F courses over the years this was comfortably the best to date. The feedback I have received from the other attendees was universally positive

Tom Clark, Forester & Secretary of British Deer Society (SW Scotland Branch)

Instructor combined knowledge and passion with humour and patience. By far the best training delivery I have received in recent years

L.N., Sinderhope

Excellent delivery. Great not to just have someone reading what was on the Powerpoint. Best of many, many courses I’ve attended.

A.J., Annan

The course was excellent, well explained. Alistair has so much knowledge and nothing is a problem. Will recommend him and his company. Cheers.

M.W., Alston

Having been on 17 first aid courses over the last 40 years this was one of the best.

K.S., Annan

Best first aid course I’ve attended. Clear instructions and explanations. Thank you.

K.S., Bellingham

The most informative course (lots of background and some sound understanding of physiology) that I have attended.

B.H., Wisbech

Very informative course that was delivered by someone who understood the specifics of deer stalking and was able to steer the lecture in a direction that kept us all interested. Well done & thank you.

A.B., Isle of Man

First time that a first aid course has been interesting for the entire day. Well Done.

Y.K., Bellingham

Your Next Step

Contact us directly if you are interested in a group booking for your company or organisation.

We need a rough idea of when you would like the course, the location and the number of people.

We are happy to discuss your requirements to provide a course that precisely fits your needs.

Alternatively have a look at our open course dates to see whats available in your area.

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