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First Aid in Remote Locations- course feedback

First Aid in Remote Locations

Around a month ago, I received an email from BECTU, offering members a First Aid in Remote Locations course, which had been subsidised by Creative Skillset. Being a film maker and having a particular interest in working in hazardous environments, there was no way I was letting an incredible opportunity like this pass me by.

The course took place in the house and gardens of the beautiful East Hampstead Park and fortunately for us, we had decent weather. There were 12 people on the course, all working in the film industry and all with a variety of skills and talents. The training was run by Lazarus Training whose belief and focus was that we should ‘‘train for real’, meaning that training must reflect the reality of what people may actually face and the resources they may have access to.

The first day consisted of getting to know the basics, such as pressure points, and learning about the items in our first aid kit & how to use them. I was most fascinated by the Tourniquet – which became a vital tool in many of the scenarios we faced.

For the first situation we faced, Leroy played the role of the unlucky casualty. He played his part so realistically, that I felt quite weak at the knees. I was completely engaged throughout. The session ended when we were able to help in saving Leroy’s life after he ‘accidently’ stabbed himself in the leg with a knife.

On the second day, (even better than the first), we had to deal with six scenarios, some in groups of two and some in larger groups. We faced everything from campfire explosions to Leroy falling out of a tree and Paul (another trainer) shooting himself in the leg. One of the most fascinating parts of the day was learning how to make a stretcher out of coats, emergency splints and what to do if someone falls unconscious.

The final day was even more absorbing and we were faced with travel health, unconscious casualties in complete darkness, hypothermia, spotting the signs of heat exhaustion before it becomes Heat Stroke and rescuing casualties from car accidents.

My fellow course members were all fascinating people in their own right, with such a diverse range of talents and film skills. Working with them made the course even more enjoyable and I very much hope that I get to work with all of them sometime again in the future.

First Aid in Remote Locations group

At the beginning of the course, I was enthusiastic, but slightly apprehensive; by the end I was confident, a little less scared of blood and completely exhausted.

I must give a massive thank you to BECTU and Creative Skillset; without them, I wouldn’t have been able to have taken the course and to Lazarus for their training, endless skills and knowledge. I never knew that First Aid training could be so rewarding and enjoyable.


Charlotte Austwick.

Charlotte is a freelance filmaker.

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.


To find out more about our First Aid in Remote Locations click here or call us on 0800 242 5210.

Treatment of snakebites in the UK.

Believe it or not summer is here, so many of us will be spending more time out and about, which is obviously good but can on occasions bring with it extra concerns.

After media reports of a number of snakebites from adders, we have found ourselves being asked by delegates on our first aid courses about the treatment of snakebites in the UK. Most of the time snakes will avoid humans, but if they are disturbed they might bite in “self defence”.

Firstly we must note that the chances of getting bitten by a snake in the UK are very low. This combined with the fact that there is only one venomous snake indigenous to the UK [the adder], possibly explains the high news profile of the small amount of snakebites. About 100 adder bites are reported in the UK each year, most occurring between June and August, peaking in July.

Treatment of snake bites in the UK

When venomous snakes “bite” they do not always inject their venom, these cases are called dry bites and can account for up to 50% of bites.

If an adder does inject its venom the person bitten is likely to feel very anxious plus have some of the following:

nausea [feeling sick] and vomiting
dizziness and possible fainting
pain in the area of the bite
redness and swelling in the area of the bite

What to do if someone has been bitten by a snake/ treatment of snakebites in the UK

Keep everyone calm.
Try to remember the shape, size and colour of the snake- but DO NOT try and catch the snake.
Keep the part of the body that has been bitten as still as possible.
Remove watches and jewellery from the bitten limb as it may swell up.
Call 999 to request an ambulance or visit your nearest A & E department.

There have been a few cases of more exotic venomous snakes being released or escaping in the UK, biting during handling or people traveling abroad being bitten.

If someone is bitten by these other venomous snakes their symptoms might include:

extensive swelling
muscle paralysis possibly effecting swallowing and breathing

The initial treatment of snakebites in the UK is the same as above. Once in the hands of the NHS the treatment is normally just observation for 24 hours in case of any complications. Anti-venoms and longer hospital stays might be required in some cases.

On our First Aid in Remote Locations course we look at this topic in much more detail.



Lazarus Training, and its delegates, joins the fight against malaria.

Malaria kills. Figures from many of the charities working in the fight against malaria suggest that the death rate could be higher than 500,000 annual. As the more vulnerable members of communities suffer the most, this is often equated to the death of one child per minute.

Many organisations are working to find a “cure” for malaria, whilst others are working to protect or mitigate the effects to the population. It is this second approach in which Lazarus Training is trying to make its own modest contribution.

Lazarus Training joins the fight against malaria

We run a series of first aid training courses for media staff, including for those traveling to remote environments. On these first aid in remote locations courses we discuss travel health including malaria [and other vector borne diseases] with our delegates. We discuss the risks, signs and symptoms and preventative strategies including the use of bed nets. The routine use of bed nets whilst in “malaria areas” is only part of the preventative measures we recommend, but it is a simple option available to media workers visiting these areas. Sadly all too often it is not an option for people living in the region.

A number of charities, such as Malaria No More, have started campaigns to raise funds to purchase bed nets and get them to people who are otherwise unprotected. Lazarus Training is supporting this campaign, for each delegate successfully completing our First Aid in Remote Locations training course we will donate the money needed to purchase a bed net.

We encourage our delegates to see bed nets as only one part of their protection, considering the use of repellents, clothing and anti-malarial tablets to give a fuller picture, but providing a bed net to a local person or family is one practical step we can take whilst the multimillion dollar research is conducted into finding a cure.

So from now delegates on our First Aid in Remote Locations training courses are not just learning to save a life in a traumatic emergency, but can save that they have saved a life just by attending our courses.

To find out more about the fight against malaria visit the Malaria No More website or the Bill Gates Foundation.

To find out more about our training courses follow the links above or call us on 0800 242 5210.

Media first aid training

Media first aid training is a specialist topic, in which Lazarus Training has years of experience. Having worked closely with large media organisations and regulating bodies, we can now offer a range of media first aid training courses covering all the requirements of the industry or sector.


The basic level is the First Aid in the Office or Studio course, this one day course is designed to meet the requirements of media staff in static locations, with medical help nearby but who may be mixing with the public.


Our First Aid on Locations course is just that, two days of practical media first aid training, covering the basics up to dealing with a road traffic collision. This course is highly practical, including the use of training scenarios with fake blood and injuries. This course includes the First Aid in the Office or Studio qualification.


Our First Aid in Remote Locations lasts three days and builds upon the First Aid on Locations course. Designed for groups working remote from medical assistance this courses includes travel health and prolonged care of someone injured or taken ill.


All our training is focused on the individuals attending the course and their likely working environment. We ensure that the training reflects the needs of the delegates and the first aid equipment they will have access to [or not as the case may be]. Our training is well known for its practical nature and is summed up in our #trainforreal ethos.


Assessment is carried out during the course, meaning there is no final written exam- as there isn’t in real life. Delegates need to be prepared for the physical nature of the training and need to wear older clothing which they won’t mind getting dirty!



If you want to know more about us visit the about us pages of this website, or view the training scenarios and simulations page to see about our training. Otherwise give us a call on 0800 242 5210 to discuss your media first aid training needs.