Leaders, managers and supporters in Scouting must hold a current first aid qualification at the time of gaining their Wood Badge and at the appointment renewal. However, they are encouraged to keep their qualification up to date at all times. The minimum standard for this qualification is First Response, but higher levels of qualification are needed if delivering first aid training or leading certain kinds of adventurous activities. This provision will ensure a minimum standard of first aid knowledge and training across the Movement.
The First Response Certificate is designed specifically for adults in The Scout Association and Girlguiding, based on the situations and issues that occur within those roles. It is not, therefore, externally recognised.
Over the 6 hour course you will learn:
- Principles of first aid and initial response (arriving and managing an incident)
- Initial response to a first aid situation
- Management of an unconscious casualty (child or adult)
- CPR, including technique for children and an explanation of what AED is and how to use it
- Causes and treatment of unconsciousness
- Heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration and hypothermia
- Burns and scalds
- Fractures (ambulance imminent and non-imminent) and soft tissue injuries
- Minor injuries (for example cuts, grazes and nose bleeds)
- Anaphylaxis (use of Epi pen)
- Spinal injury
A reduced time refresher course (the first part of the training) is available for those with a current First Response course which is due for renewal. The refresher course can only be completed twice; after the second time, the 6 hour First Response course is required again.