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 fairly 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 next step in first aid training is the Activity First Aid Course. The award is again valid for 3 years and involves 16 hours of training. It is designed to further develop first aid skills and knowledge, up to the same level as provided by First Aid at Work.




Instructor First Aid

Cadets who are over 16, have completed their Master Cadet or above classification training and hold an Activity First Aid Award are eligible to undergo further training to become a First Aid Instructor.

This award allows cadets to train and assess others in Youth First Aid.