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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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Lazarus Training in the news again.

So Lazarus Training in the news again? You may have seen some of our other posts about our support of the Flight of the Swans expedition, but it has also been hitting the news.

Just incase you missed it, here is the piece from ITV News earlier this week.


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Every delegate that attends our First Aid in Remote Locations course a life saver

We believe that first aid can be life saving, and that good first aid training is central to this, but there is more than one way to save a life. We now donate to Malaria No More making every delegate that attends our First Aid in Remote Locations course a life saver. So whilst they are learning the skills to save a life, we feel that they are actually saving the life of someone in sub-saharan Africa at the same time.

The work of charities such as Malaria no More is an essential part of the fight against this deadly disease. On our First Aid in Remote Locations courses the delegates are learning and practicing how to deal with catastrophic wounds, but also how to care for a sick colleague, so it’s in keeping that we are so concerned about Malaria.

On the latest course run in the first week of May, our donation allowed testing and treatment to be offered to 100 people, so with 11 delegates on the course that works out at just under 10 lives saved each! Not bad going, especially when you add on the number of times they saved our “casualties” on their #trainforreal first aid training. “Calamity Claire” and “Suffering Sam” [our live role players] had a total of 14 accidents across the course.

If you would like to know more about the work of Malaria No More follow this link, if you would like to know more about our First Aid in Remote Locations course then [again] follow the link, or give us on a call on 0800 242 5210.

Notes from a First Aid in Remote Locations course- part two.

More notes from a First Aid in Remote Locations course.

Curtains open and it looks overcast outside, we are hoping that the weather holds out as a lot of the lessons are outside today! Luckily we have packed for every eventuality but it isn’t very comfortable lying on the floor in a puddle whilst it rains, I’ve been here before, it’s a very glamorous job that we do! At least we get a good breakfast to set us up for the morning. The table once again is filled with discussions of what we have in store for today and we have a little talk over the performance of the delegates yesterday. We finish up and head to the venue, fingers crossed the traffic is better today.

We arrive at the venue with plenty of time to spare! So we grab a drink and Kelly and I head to the dressing room and have a little tidy and sort out of kit what we will need today.

Kelly and I will take it in turns to be casualty on this one as there is a lot of laying around involved and playing dead on the floor gets surprisingly uncomfortable and cold. We have a check list and grab all that we need. Even though this is a simple scenario it is a very complex lesson for the delegates which involves improvising stretchers and splints also moving a casually so we need to make sure that we are both wrapped up warm as we will be spending some time on the floor and outside for the majority of the morning.

Today the delegates in a group will be confronted with a fall from height, I get in position and take a swig of the mouth blood as Alistair come across the radio and lets us know that he is close. Laying on my back,, unresponsive on the floor with a hidden wound! Lets see if they find it, after our blood sweep lesson yesterday and the game that they played hopefully they will remember to have a look.

Calling my name they come running up the hill in groups of two, they immediately notice that I have an obstructed air way roll me to the side and have a rummage.. thank good ness they acted so quickly as the mouth blood really tastes revolting! I know why Kelly didn’t offer her services for this one!!

first aid in remote locations log roll

Each and every group manage to clear the obstruction and three out of the six group found the hidden wound, really great! Efforts. With all of the delegates outside we talk over a fall from height they list the injuries that they believe they may see in this type of event. Time for some splinting they get to have a play with the SAM splint and have go splinting each other making a neck brace then its Kelly’s time to lay on the floor and have her pelvis splinted. Alistair ties her legs and ankles together with some scarfs and then improvises a splint. Now they make an improvised stretcher and they need to move Kelly to get her on top of it. So with one of the best first logs rolls I have ever seen the stretcher is half way there. Another log roll to the other side and she is on… Alistair reiterates how important it is to use your brains before your muscle and how the head person is in charge and off they go.

Wow already time for lunch! We quickly waff our food down, and then make our way back to the dressing room, packing the kit along as we go just to make life easier and to keep everything tidy in our room. We sort out what we require for the next scenarios and the casualty clothing. Kelly has to prep for a gas fire explosion so we gather the kit required to make a camp then the fun starts with the casualty simulation. Making burns is one of my favourite casualty simulation to do and it’s great doing it on some one else. So with PVA glue in hand and some tissue paper we begin to create the burn to the face and the hand… out comes the burns make up to colour the dead hanging skin that we have created and to make the area look sore, also some Vaseline to create blisters and she is about ready… Alistair did mention to have another hidden wound some bruise of some kind so we give Kelly a bruise to her collarbone.

first aid in remote locations burns

We head up the track with all of the kit that we need and make a camp fire for Kelly and try to make it look as though there has been an explosion

This is another group activity, Here is what they will be face on arrival. Time for Kelly to play the lead role, thank goodness we took drama at school, aye Kelly!

We have another scenario to run straight after this one so I cannot see what happens for the burns unfortunately. From now the scenarios are done individually or in small groups and it would be a shame to give too much information away! The photos and videos clips on our Facebook and YouTube pages will give you some idea.




Running a First Aid in Remote Locations course- insiders view- Day One

Life as a casualty- Running a First Aid in Remote Locations- Day Zero & Day One.

The journey…

Time to commence the three or so hour journey up to Evesham, so with a car full of kit, myself, Alistair and Kelly the journey begins. Unfortunately I forgot my road trip Spice Girls album for us to have a sing along too so the radio it is. We are all looking forward to the course ahead. Talk of the course fills most of our journey, wondering what the weather is going to be like and how the delegates will get on and the scenarios that we need to run.

It’s late and dark by the time we arrive to our hotel so we grab our bags out of the car and head to check into our hotel. I quickly discovered that I’m staying in the themed Africa room and Kelly is in the Egypt themed room, the locations course for us really couldn’t have started in a much better way. I unpacked what I require and put the kettle on a little bit of television and a tea then I drift slowly off to sleep surrounded by many a stuffed teddy and leopard print.

egypt room on locations

Day one ..

Woken by the alarm at 7:15  after not a great sleep in Africa.. Must be the wild animals on the loose that filled my dreams or the excitement of the day ahead. Grab a shower and get in my Lazarus kit to meet Alistair and Kelly for breakfast at 8, again talk of the course the first few scenarios and how we expect day one to run and what we need to do etc when we arrive at the venue fills the breakfast table.

Erghhhh traffic… the last thing we wanted on the way to the venue but still we have time (although a tad rushed) and the sun is shining good news for Kelly and I as today the casualty stuff consists mainly of floor work.

We arrive at the venue, straight through to reception and ID passes are given,  but we have to wait to be shown to our room, last thing we wanted as were already a little pushed for time, but we ponder over who can grab what and the best way to set up the room quickly. Some of the delegates start to arrive, even though I  normally play casualty the nerves start to set in at the course time grows nearer.

We head over to our classroom which will be the main hub for the next three days, we help Alistair unload the car and set up the class room, and quickly hide ourselves after grabbing the casualty simulation kit and other props that are required. We unpack most of the kit laying out what is required for each of the scenarios and in an attempt to make things go as smoothly also to keep our ‘dressing room’  as tidy as we can for the next few days.

With the kit required for the first demonstration in hand we head up the track, it’s steeper than I remember or I haven’t spent as much time in the gym as perhaps I should have! I talk Kelly through what will happen and how the demo will work, whilst we await Alistair’s call across the radio to let us know he is on his way. On this particular scenario the airway is blocked.  So I want to leave it till the very last moment,  as I know that I will have the obstruction in my mouth for some time and actually I find this particular scenario harder than the screaming ones! The call comes across and the anxiety grows as I take a gulp of blood to obstruct my airway. Set in position I wait in anticipation for them to gather round me, and spend what feels like a life time listening for the magic words where I can pretty much try (blindly) to cover as many of the delegates with the contence of my mouth,. Unfortunately it was an unsuccessful attempt this time but I make it my mission to at least get one of them covered by the end of the day. Who will it be!

After a little debrief out in the woods and many a wasp trying to join our group we all head back to the class room for some fun with the tourniquets and other class room based activities

When Alistair gives us the nod its time for us to leave the class room to go and prep for the next scenario.  Kelly is going to give this one a go. No acting required here so a nice one to ease her into, we make her face up.

casualty remote course

Kelly looking rather peaky…


remote course grey face

Kelly unresponsive on the floor. The delegates slowly approach once again with their  arms  folded or hands in the pockets all hoping that the person next to them will one who wants to assist.

After some talking and lots of standing around one of the delegates steps forward to give Kelly so first aid

remote course breathing check


As this is a remote course the options for calling for help are discussed from how long would help take to which telephone number the delegates would call from their location. The scenario is wrapped up shortly after and we return to the classroom.

Time for lunch, luckily for us the food is absolutely amazing at the venue,  so after filling our belly’s its time to go and prepare for the next “trauma” lesson.

casualty simulation

After lots of giggling from myself and Kelly and lots of trying to arrange the outfit as I’m the size of a small child and clearly these were designed for an adult male. So with some adjustments of the wounds and cutting clothing to expose the more obvious injuries it’s time to grab the Vaseline and sticky blood to add some gore to the guts! We fill the blood pump and make the connections for wounds that need to bleed and head off outside to position ourselves for the scene.

We wait for Alistair to come across the radio to let us know he is on his way. Again this is a group demonstration/ scenario, however is the first scenario that the delegates will have a responsive casualty who will act to the injury’s that they have sustained,  slowly easing them into the course. As soon as I hear that they are near I start with the moaning and groaning and calling for help whilst struggling to breath.  The delegates walk around the corner anxiously, with some “eww’ ‘That’s horrible” “oh dear” comments they all managed to make their way and stand in front of me.  Still in acting mode I start asking them to help me, Alistair talks through the demonstrations stating that its not the most obvious injury that could be killing me, hoping that they will have a rummage and see what they can find. Still heavy laboured and struggling to breath I sit in front of them asking them to help me,  a couple of the delegates step forward to help after a little nudge from Alistair they start to check for further injury’s, and they find it! Great!! As soon as they treat it I can breath normally. We wrap up the scenario and go over the first aid kit and what, if anything they have in the bag that they could use to help treat these particular injury’s.

Time for tea!!

Whilst the delegates head back to the canteen to grab a well deserved brew Kelly and myself go into our dressing room and prepare for the last scenario.

And whilst the delegates are away from the classroom it’s a perfect opportunity to make up 5 litres of blood…  Catastrophic bleed is the next and last scenario  on the agenda.  I love this one- I can really give it some with my acting skills!

leg injury remote course

We make our way outside and set up, Alistair comes across the radio and he is heading out with the delegates this will be the first scenario where they will come out in pairs and actually have to treat the casualty themselves with no assistance from Alistair. As soon as I spot them I start screaming as loud as I possibly can and pump the blood out of my leg in rate with my heart, at this point the delegates start running toward me first aid kit in hand. my superhero’s ready to come and save my life! By the time the third group come around I’m sure they would have heard most of what was going on around the corner my leg is starting to ache and my throat is starting to hurt! They all get through six groups of two. Each and ever group were fantastic, it’s so great to see them come such a long way by the end of day one some of them had not even held a tourniquet before and now there under pressure covered in blood trying to apply one in a stressful environment and each and every group managed to “save my life”

We wrap up and briefly cover shock from blood loss.  And this is where day one finishes, on a high for not only us but them too I hope. Back to the teddy bare hotel for us for a swim in the lovely pool, more amazing food and an over night stay in Africa!