Fintan Breen, First Aider and Head on National Services at the Irish Red Cross.
Fintan Breen, First Aider and Head on National Services at the Irish Red Cross.
It struck me last week that I have trained a few hundred people in various types of first aid skills over my time with the Irish Red Cross, and that by passing on my knowledge, that I have contributed to saving many lives. Many more than I could have done myself – in fact, I have certainly prevented injury in a number of cases, and stopped significant deterioration in a condition many times, but there are only a few times that I can say I, personally, really saved a life. But that’s the thing about being an instructor… it allows you to take a little bit of credit every time one of your students does something they learned from you. And by teaching people emergency response skills, an instructor can really make a difference by multiplying the impact of their own knowledge and skills. While there are many different levels of first aid, Ireland’s Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council, has a set of standards at Responder and Practitioner levels, and I’m delighted that the Irish Red Cross has recently decided to use its accreditation with PHECC to offer training to those wishing to train responders at the highest level on the PHECC landscape – Emergency First Responder Instructor (EFRI). The Irish Red Cross, and it’s faculty of real-life experienced tutors (and believe me, I’m not one of them!), now want to pass on this knowledge to a new set of instructors who can go out there and in turn pass on these lifesaving skills. The students on this EFRI course will learn how to plan, manage and deliver the PHECC accredited EFR programme on behalf of accredited training institutions and it will enable them to train others to reach this standard and will receive a PHECC accredited EFRI certificate at the end of the programme which can be transported to any PHECC accredited institution. So, if you’ve got experience delivering emergency response, give a through to multiplying your impact and enroll in this instructor course. Read more life-saving stories here.