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First aid training for police in the caribbean

Lazarus Training has recently returned from Jamaica after running first aid training for police in the Caribbean. After delivering our popular Operational First Aid Initial course, we then continued to an enhanced scenario day to raise the skills of the members of the Jamaican Constabulary Force that attended our sessions.

One common incident that police officers in the Caribbean have to face is dealing with injuries caused by road traffic incidents, so our training focused on providing safe, but effective techniques for casualty management at a road traffic collision.

On successful completion of this training, the cohort then moved onto two of our “Train the trainer” packages, aimed at providing them with the skills and knowledge to deliver training to their colleagues in law enforcement and the wider community.

Our two “Train the trainer” packages centred around being able to teach how to stop a bleed and how to perform CPR. Severe bleeding is a common cause of preventable death in injured people. Whether following a shooting or other violent act, or after a traffic incident for law enforcement officers to be confident in how to stop a bleed could be live saving.

Our training package covered a wide range of topics, including: what makes a good trainer; what makes a good training environment; what makes a good training plan and an overview of learning methods and styles. The training package includes a demonstration of the complete training sessions and opportunity for the delegates to practice delivery and receive feedback and mentoring.

The training package can be adapted to reflect the situation of each law enforcement agency, equipment available to officers and the previous knowledge of the training cohort.

The standard package includes the provision of training resources such as lesson plans to each individual delegate, but other options can also include us supplying the necessary training equipment for delegates to use in their own training.

We also recommend retraining for the delegates and some observations of their training being audited, but this pathway can lead to a sustainable, low cost but impactful training project that could save the lives of police officers and members of the public.

This method of first aid training for police in the Caribbean is based on a similar training project that we have delivered in West Africa, and provides a sustainable approach to future delivery balanced with the reassurance of training being delivered to international standards.

Some footage from our first trip to Jamaica for a media conference.

If you would like to know more about our “train the trainer” packages or first aid training for police in the Caribbean please contact us.

Recommendations for books

So we often find ourselves recommending books to our team and to our delegates. Normally they are around the topic areas of health, safety, remote locations and travel.

We also have a list of books we think are required reading about training, learning and memory recall.

Here’s one that is interesting:

And having watched the recent Sky programme on Cherynbol we like the look of this:

Hostile environments training for media workers in Afghanistan.

Media workers in Afghanistan find themselves under a very high level of risk. With attacks directly against media workers and their places of work, employees should be looking to protect their staff. Part of a safety plan might be to provide media workers with safety training. This training often called Hostile Environments Awareness Training for media workers in Afghanistan [HEAT].

Lazarus Training provides HEAT training and standalone medical and first aid training courses for people working in challenging environments.

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Everywhere in the world, a great risk to health is road traffic collisions.

We hope to be able to provide this essential training in Kabul later this year [2019].

Our training normally takes place over a few days and covers topics such as:

Planning before the trip

Selection of kit and equipment

Emergency planning

Dealing with people, conflict and aggression

Weapon and explosive awareness [please note this isn’t training you to use weapons]

Explosive Remnants of War & Mines

Vehicle and driver safety including transiting checkpoints

Hostile environments first aid training

Travel health

Post traumatic stress

The course duration varies depending on the course content, but normally ranges from two to five days long. All our training is highly practical, with plenty of chance to practice the skills covered in the training. You can find out more information about our training on this site, including our approach to casualty simulation training here.

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But we also believe that training should be adapted to reflect the specific needs of each audience, therefore we are currently gathering feedback from media workers in Afghanistan about their training needs.

We also believe in sharing information via a number of methods, our training courses are delivered face to face, but we also provide information via our free smartphone app and via our social media platforms. The video below was a live Facebook broadcast that was made after a request from a media organisation that had changed the contents of their first aid kits.

We hope to be able to provide a very specific course in Hostile Environments Training for media workers in Afghanistan. If you would like to know more about this topic, or have suggestions for what should be covered and how, then please contact us. We have a range of medical courses which may also be of use, such as First Aid in Remote Locations and a new course for people working in Post Disaster Zones, such as after the recent floods.

You can email us on to find out more or to discuss this further.

Safety and medical training for media workers

Lazarus Training provides safety and medical training for media workers preparing or expecting to work in challenging environments. Whether in a remote location, post disaster zone or a hostile environment, we have a training course that can help you.

2017 was a bad year for media worker safety, with 74 media workers dying in relation to their work.

Safety and first aid training for media workers

There is a need to support staff operation in all environments including the normal workplace and in high threat and risk locations. In many environments the need to provide basic life saving medical care is of paramount importance as staff may well experience time line delays from point of injury/illness to receiving professional medical care.

Organisations with an international presence may find themselves being “judged” against international standards for their duty of care and training procedures, therefore using an international training organisation working to international guidelines shows due diligence.

With approaching 74 journalists killed in 2017, the need for robust first aid training has rarely been higher.

We don’t just provide training, we are also happy to provide advice and guidance.  Here’s a video about our recommended contents of an individual first aid kit.


Safety and medical training for media workers

We pride ourselves on adapting each course to meet the specific requirements of each training group, but we do have some courses which have proven to be very popular over the years.

Working in a Post Disaster Zone

Hostile Environments Training

First Aid in Remote Locations

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We are recruiting for first aid trainers

Due to recent increases in our course delivery, we are recruiting for first aid trainers to join our team.

As we deliver first aid and medical training, we are ideally looking for people with a background in pre-hospital care. We currently have fire-fighters, police officers, paramedics and former military medics in our team and this is the type of person we are really looking for.

DON’T WANT TO READ ABOUT IT?  Watch this instead.

We would like you to have teaching and training experience and ideally qualifications. If you don’t have a formal qualification, but have plenty of experience- don’t worry we can help you gain the qualifications.

We work with a wide variety of clients, from law enforcement to media to banks, so you need to be able to get on with people and reflect our ethos and outlook on making training accessible to all.

If you follow our social media, or explore this site, you will see our training is delivered all over the UK and internationally. So you must be willing to travel.

Many of our training courses are delivered by a team of trainers, so you won’t be out on the road by yourself all the time and the ability to work as part of a team is essential.

We are looking for full time trainers, but we also have part time posts and this post is open to a job share.

To find out more, such as the full job description, salary etc, contact she’s really friendly and will be able to answer any questions about the fact that we are recruiting for first aid trainers. If you are interested send her your CV, bearing in mind the requirements above.

We have a number of recruitment days scheduled for late August so get in touch to start the conversation.

We look forward to hearing from you and are excited about getting new people to join our great team.

You can find out more about us as a company on this site, or over on LinkedIn.

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You can find out more information on us as a company on this site, but you might also like to have a look at our YouTube Channel.

Here is a playlist about our First Aid in Remote Locations training:

We are many of the usual social media platforms, such as Instagram [as @lazarustraining] and Twitter [as @lazarustraining] and of course Facebook!

Or, if you are a bit old school you could phone us on + 44 800 242 5210.

Hostile Environments Awareness Training in Asia

Working within the briefing from the client, Lazarus Training was able to deploy to provide hostile environments awareness training in Asia within a couple of weeks of the training request hitting our office.  The end result was that we deployed members of our team to Malaysia at short notice to deliver a combined personal safety and first aid course for people expecting to work in hostile environments.

The training course was planned and delivered in under two weeks turnaround. The training was delivered in English to a multinational audience with our training team bringing all necessary resources for the training, allowing for it to be delivered quickly and at the client’s convenience and at their venue, reducing costs.

Whilst the reaction time for this course was quick, that doesn’t mean that any of Lazarus Training’s trademark attention to planning was missed, with a fully planned scheme of work and associated materials being available to the client before we left the UK.

Topics covered included: dealing with aggression; working in crowds; vehicle safety; dealing with vehicle checkpoints; ballistics awareness; emergency first aid including catastrophic bleeding; personal resilience and planning.

As always the training was adapted to reflect a number of factors: the entry level knowledge and experience of the participants; the concerns of the participants; local developments and recent events in the region.

In this case, the workshop was delivered as part of a wider training session which required us to ensure a smooth “hand over” of the participants to the second training provider, who was running different training.

If you would like to know more about the training services provided by Lazarus Training, you could explore this website more, or you could call us on + 44 800 2425210 or email us on info[at]

You can find some general course information on these pages, but please remember we tailor all our training courses for each client.

We can also be found on all the usual social media channels, but this only covers part of our services.

Want to know more about the new FPOS course?

First Person on Scene training is popular and has been running for years,  but the changes in 2017 to a level 4 qualification seem to have caused some confusion.

FPOS [level 4] (was First Person On Scene Intermediate) training is typically a five day course aimed at those likely to be providing the initial care to a person injured or taken ill. The FPOS course is most relevant for people who are likely to be unable to call for professional medical back up, or that help will arrive in more than 20 minutes.

This is now a Level 4 qualification after the changes to the course duration, content [only small changes] and the assessment requirements.

Next FPOS “Open” course dates in Essex:

 1st-5th April 2019 [inclusive]

Call 0800 242 5210 to book.

Originally designed for community first responders working with the NHS, this course has become increasingly popular as an alternative to the traditional workplace first aid courses.

The course is highly practical, focusing on building a confident approach to casualty management through scenario work involving casualty simulation.

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The FPOS course covers:

The pre-hospital environment

  • role of the FPOS
  • scene safety
  • minimising the risk of infection
  • triage

Patient assessment

  • communication with patients
  • examination and assessment
  • safe moving and handling

Respiration and Airway management

  • recognition of respiratory problems
  • common breathing difficulties
  • basic airway management
  • use of suction
  • removal of crash helmets
  • use of airway adjuncts
  • oxygen supplementation
  • ventilation support
  • bag/valve/mask

Basic Life Support

  • perform basic life support [all age groups including child bls and infant bls]


  • automated external defibrillation
  • normal and abnormal heart rhythms

Circulation and Shock

  • recognition and care of bleeding
  • shock [to include faints]

Medical related emergencies

Recognition and initial care of

  • heart attack/angina
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • epilepsy
  • unconscious patient
  • asthma/anaphylaxis
  • assisting the paramedic/medical care provider

Trauma Related emergencies.

  • recognition and initial care of injuries to bones, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • recognition and initial care of burns and scalds
  • recognition and initial care of other trauma related injuries
  • skeletal stabilisation

With this amount of content to be covered, you will appreciate that the training days are long and full on. We also require delegates to have previously completed some form of first aid training and to have completed some pre-reading of the course manual prior to the course.

Having said that the course includes the necessary lessons to build knowledge because it has a high percentage of practical sessions, skills stations and most importantly casualty scenario work. This scenario work can be both physically and mentally challenging, but very rewarding. Contact our training office via or on 0800 242 5210 to discuss any specific needs/questions.

Contents of an Individual First Aid Kit – aid worker version

When we run our medical training courses we are often asked “what should the contents of an individual first aid kit aid worker ‘s seem to ask this question a lot!

We understand the pressures we are all under when it comes to equipment. Budgets and then the practicalities of carrying the stuff around, on and off planes and across borders often informs our decisions on the contents of an individual first aid aid worker version.

So where do we begin? Something to carry it in I guess. You can buy all sorts of different first aid kit bags, but we have some favourites [pictured]  but it needs to be tough enough for your life and either needs to blatantly a first aid kit, or taking it in the opposite direct look like a camera bag or similar.

Contents of an individual first aid kit Aid Worker

So what goes in? We believe it’s best when an item has more than one use, but understand that sometimes this isn’t possible. For some of our media clients we even went as far as limiting the individualfirst aid kit to five items. We called it our desert island first aid kit [you need to be of a certain age to get that reference!], you might find some [poor quality] YouTube videos on our channel on this topic.

We have decided that we can squeeze in a few extra items for our aid work first aid kit, so here’s the headlines:

contents of an individual first aid kit aid workerTourniquet [our kits have a CAT-Combat Application Tourniquet]

Celox Gauze

Gauze [for wound packing]

Nasopharyngeal airway[s]

Nightingale Dressing

Olaes Dressing

Tuff cut shears

Sharpie Pen

SAM Splint

Tri-angular bandage

Space blanket [foil type]

Small role of gaffer tape/gorilla tape

There is normally some vinyl gloves, but the kit I picked up for this article was missing those, but that’s about it.

Now obviously we could add stuff, take some away, but most of the items here are easy to use [get some training to make sure you can use under pressure] and don’t have expiry dates, or they are long or it doesn’t really matter- I mean can a bandage expire?

So what’s it all for? If you have done a first aid or hostile environments courses [like our ones here] then it should all make sense, but hopefully the video below will make some sense of what the items are and why we have chosen them.

Recently when we ran some training for aid workers in Senegal we hit the problem that there was no budget to buy first aid kits, so we had to put out thinking caps on. If you would like to know what improvised and/or low cost first aid equipment we came up with drop me a line: alistair[at]

We hope to post some more video content soon, for example a first aid kit on a budget.


First Aid Training in Uganda

According to the World Health Organisation [WHO] Uganda has a road traffic mortality of 27.4 per 100,000 people, placing it higher than Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. With 12% of deaths in Uganda being the result of injuries, there is a clear need for first aid training in Uganda.

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Lazarus Training is based and registered as a first aid training company in the United Kingdom, but also provides first aid training in Uganda. Able to deploy our staff to Kampala, we can provide a wide range of our #trainforreal training courses in Uganda and East Africa.

In the last year we have run a number of first aid training courses in East Africa and aim to increase this number during 2018.

Many of our most popular courses would be suitable for delivery in Uganda and across East Africa. With the wide range of industry and government agencies and non-governmental organisations in Uganda, it is likely our training can provide a first aid solution for Ugandan businesses or organisations and with our international oversight, many international businesses or agencies can be reassured by our training courses such as:

First Aid at Work

First Aid in Remote Locations

First Aid in Hostile Locations

Hostile Environments training

Our training is always highly interactive and is adapted for each individual client group to ensure the training is relevant and reliable. The delegates are placed under stress within our safe training environment to help them prepare for the day when the emergency is real, hence our motto of #trainforreal


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Courses are mapped to international standards and ensure that the delegates received only the best, empowering training to help them cope in safety and medical situations.

If you would like to know more about our first aid training in Nigeria, or anything about us as a company, you should be able to find the basic information on this website, but obviously you can contact us at our main office on info[at]

You might also want to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and YouTube to get a better idea of Lazarus Training and its approach to safety and first aid training.