First Aid












The CARDIAC FIRST RESPONSE (CFR) Programme is the Irish National Standard. Training is in Cardio Resuscitation and in the use and deployment of  Automated External Defibrillation (AED).

 This course is Level 1 on the PHECC (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council) Training Standards.

This is a DAY course and can be arranged for a maximum group of 6 persons in your place of work, college etc. There are no pre-requisites and it is open to everyone. Books are supplied and the certification is valid for 2 years. Please contact us for more information on how to book a course.


Course Syllabus

-- Chain of Survival & importance of early CPR & AED
– C.P.R – Adult, Child & Infant
– Adult Automated External Defibrillation
– Special situations & AED’s in use
– Foreign Body Airway Obstruction – Adult, Child & Infant
– Cardiac Arrest / Heart Attack
– Aspirin in Cardiac Management
– Stroke
– Barrier Devices
– Recovery Position
– Medical Legal Issues
– Continuity of Care
– Communications Handovers & Documentation
– Critical Incident Stress Management – Death and Dying
– Practical Assessment

  To arrange a CFR course.      Email us






The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council of Ireland (PHECC) has launched its new First Aid training standard.


 It is to replace the current Occupational First Aid  and to ensure a standard of quality, unity of programme and of delivery throughout the country. FAR will also include the PHECC established standard in CPR known as Cardiac First Response (CFR) into its programme.

Courses are designed to meet the requirements of any specific facility, industry or organisation obliged to comply with the legal regulations of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 (Dail Eireann) . This includes Industrial, Commercial, College, Sport, Hotel, or Leisure Centres. Courses are also provided to Local Authorities, Private Groups, Surf Clubs, Outdoor Activity Centres or indeed Individuals.

The Course requires a minimum of 18 hours to a maximum number of 6 candidates.This may be delivered in a period of three days or spread over weekends or on separate days. Successful candidates will be issued with a certificate by PHECC which will be valid for three years. Re-certification requires attendance a a two day renewal course.

Courses are usually organised 'on-site' at your place of work or may be organised externally.


Course Syllabus

bulletUnderstanding First Aid at Work
bulletPatient Assessment Survey
bulletRespiratory Emergencies
bulletCardiac First Response - Community
bulletHeart Attack and Aspirin
bulletStroke (FAST)
bulletBleeding and Wounds
bulletMusculoskeletal Injuries
bulletInjury Management and Shock
bulletCommon Medical Emergencies
bulletCare of the Unconscious Casualty
bulletBurns/Electric Shock/Chemicals
bulletHypothermia and Hyperthermia
bulletAltered Level of Consciousness
bulletCommunications and Handover
bulletThe wellbeing of the FAR

To arrange a FAR course.      Email us








We provide  both a one day AQUATIC FIRST AID course and a SPORTS FIRST AID course. These are  introductory skills courses aimed at those wishing to acquire  basic skills in First Aid.

Courses are to a maximum of 8 candidates and certification is awarded by EMERGENCY CARE.  The course is usually organised 'on-site' at your place of work or may be organised externally. A

 To arrange a AQUA-FA or SPORT-FA course.  Email us




POOL EXTRACTION BOARD - Spinal Injury Management

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We  provide courses  in POOL EXTRACTION BOARD  (PBX)with the emphasis on aquatic spinal injury. This includes the application of an approved aquatic spinal board and recovery from the water. If you are a swimming pool manager/operator please contact us for details.

In addition we provide a separate  training course  in the recovery of a Spinal Casualty from open water.

To arrange a PBX course.  Email us






Additional programmes are aimed at Carers, Childminders, and Crèches providing training and knowledge in emergency situations involving choking, drowning or cessation of breathing in children or babies. Contact us to arrange a course.

To arrange a 'Baby'  course.      Email us





Jack Britton  has in excess of twenty years experience of First Aid  both instructing and assessing and is currently a Emergency First Responder (EFR) .

He is certified by  PHECC as -


First Aid Responder  Instructor (CFR)


Cardiac First Responder  Instructor (FAR)


  Martin McDevitt  (A.Inst.SRM)  is qualified as a Occupational First Aid Trainer and is currently listed on the OFAAA register and is a Cardiac First Responder (Instructor) He has sixteen years of practical experience within the Leisure Industry, in hands on and management.

  David Browne (A.Inst.SRM) has more than fifteen years experience of First Aid. He is a RLSS National Trainer Assessor for the provision of training and examining in Defibrillation (AED) and Oxygen therapy.





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The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) has unanimous approved the proposal of the ILCOR Task Force for a universal sign indicating the presence of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The sign is designed in accordance with ISO 7010 for safety signs and shape. Colours and existing symbols are in accordance with ISO 3864-3. Its comprehensibility has been tested in accordance with ISO 9186-1, rev. 2007 and proved superior to alternative designs. 
The AED sign is intended to indicate the presence of an AED, the localisation of an AED in a room, a container with an AED for public use or to indicate the direction to move in order to reach the AED, etc. It should assist in rapidly identifying the AED in a public place for immediate use in a victim of cardiac arrest. For this purpose the AED sign can be combined with other existing symbols like a standard arrow. The AED sign can also be accompanied by the letters “AED” or equivalents in other language groups. The full text “defibrillator” or equivalent is not encouraged.
It is ILCOR’s intention that this sign is adopted worldwide by the national councils that together form each ILCOR member council. The sign should also be adopted by all AED manufacturers for use with their products and by manufacturers of signage. Public organisations and governments should encourage the use of this universal AED sign.
ILCOR hope that this universal AED sign will assist in the awareness of the existence of AEDs and the rapid deployment of AEDs in the emergency of a cardiac arrest. 




PHECC have launched the Citizen CPR public awareness campaign to promote compression-only CPR to the general public.

Please visit the CITIZEN CPR  website www.citizencpr.ie

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bullet Important Links
Emergency Care       www.emergencycare.ie


  Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC)  www.phecit.ie
    Health & Safety Authority (HSA)     http://www.hsa.ie




STUDENTS complete their FETAC Occupational First Aid Module

A collage of pictures of some of the students that  successfully completed their FETAC Module Occupational First Aid recently. The students were based in Bundoran. The injury make-up was excellently provided by David Browne and created real scenarios requiring all the First Aid skills of the students.

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Last modified: 05/01/18