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Forestry First Aid +F (EFAW+F)

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Emergency First Aid at work forestry +F (EFAW+F)

Our Emergency First Aid at Work forestry +F (EFAW+F) has been developed to comply with Forestry Commission first aid policy and the HSE guide on first aid and emergancy procedures in tree work.
The recommended Forestry Commission topics covered are
  • Severe Bleeding i.e chainsaw injuries and the use of tourniquet, trauma Dressings and Clotting Agents
  • Crush Injury and suspension trauma  
  • Hypothermia and managing and injured casualty   
  • Lyme Disease 
  • Getting help with out a mobile signal personal locator beacons Spot and Inreach Explorer 

Over many years we have refined our course Emergency first aid at work forestry +F (Efaw+F) courses with the help of some major players of the industry including Scottish Woodlands, RST and the forestry commission.

As a UK FISA member and the preferred provider for the Forestry Commission and Scottish Woodlands, we understand your working environment. Our Emergency first aid at work forestry +F (Efaw+F) courses offer practical training and advice outside the class room and tailored to your own working environment and have been designed with the help of organisations in the industry to comply with the Forestry Commissions first aid policy.

As a member of the Forest Industry Safety Accord UK Fisa we keep up to date with health and safety in your sector of industry and continually up date our Emergency Forestry First Aid at Work +F (Efaw+F) courses to reflect the most common and up to date  near misses and incidents in the sector.

Tailored Emergency Forestry First Aid at Work +F Courses (EFAW +F )  delivered by full time outdoor professionals that work in the same outdoor environment as your staff,  Our trainers have real life on the job experience of working in remote environments with casualties and hopefully bring this across during the training.

Our Emergancy Forestry First Aid at Work forestry +F efaw +f  courses are more about practical advice with casualty management processing from hypothermia, contacting the correct emergancy service and the use of Spot messengers and other communication devises.  Emergency first aid at work forestry +F ( Efaw+F) courses are the minimum requirement for Forestry, Renewable , Construction, Utility company’s  and a Stalkers  working on Forestry Commission Land or  in remote and hazardous environments. 

We are fully committed to making the forestry industry a safer environment to work with in and course content is relevant useful and delivered by people who understand your own environment.

Why not call today to discuss your own Emergency first aid at work forestry +F (Efaw+F) course that can be tailored to your own working environment or staff needs.
  Our Emergency First Aid at Work +F (EFAW+F) course will enable a work place first aider to gain the necessary skills to provide first aid treatment to casualties in remote environments were assistance from the emergency services may take some time and will cover the following.






  1. The roles and responsibilities of a first aider
  2. Incident assessment
  3. Management of an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
  4. Management of an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally
  5. Assisting a casualty who is choking
  6. Management of a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  7. Management of a casualty who is in shock
  8. How to manage a casualty with a minor injury
  9. How to conduct a secondary survey
  10. Administering first aid to a casualty with injuries to bones, muscles and joints
  11. Providing first aid to a casualty with suspected head and spinal injuries
  12. Assessing and treating a casualty with a suspected chest injury
  13. Treatment for a casualty with burns and scalds
  14. Treatment of an eye injury

Additional First aid +F training

  1. Severe bleeding (i.e. chainsaw injury)
  2. Crush injury
  3. Hypothermia
  4. Lymes Disease
  5. Suspension trauma
  6. What to do if you have no communications
  7. Basic loan worker policies
  8. Basic casualty evacuation planning

All our Emergency First Aid at Work +F courses are fully compliant with both the HSE and Forestry Commission EFAW+F

First Aid +Forestry (EFAW+F) is now considered the industry standard for those working in the forestry sector but what makes First Aid +F different to conventional First Aid at Work.


First aid +F should take in to account that workers in remote locations must look after the casualty with possible life threatening conditions for longer periods of time, getting help as quickly and effectively as possible and making sure we save lives. First Aid +F and Emergency Planning it is not just another box to tick to make sure you’re compliant, it is as much about awareness of the working environment, possible lack of communications and the likely injures associated with the industry as it is about first aid.  First aid +F courses should be about awareness of the challenges of a worst-case scenario that may never happen but when it does we are better prepared than we ever were before.

Almost all conventional first aid books, courses and emergency guidelines assume that most people are working within the desired 8min ambulance response times. This is fine in the city and larger towns but as we know this is just not an achievable target for remote rural locations. The modern forestry environment is far removed from these response times with employees often working in remote areas with limited or no communication along with challenging access to the casualties meaning. This means at times conventional emergency services may take longer to respond or need assistance from Mountain Rescue Teams The Coast Guards and Helicopters.

Remote Casualty Evacuation Planning

One of the key factors of first aid +F should include some form of casualty evacuation planning. This is much more about making sure we get help to the casualty as quickly and effectively as possible. We can have the best equipment and first aid skills but if we are left on our own without help coming we are putting lives more at risk.

The Emergency Services have changed the way they prioritise call outs with life-threatening conditions being dealt with first. This means that as people working in the forest industry we need to think more about how we communicate with the Emergency services once we have an incident.  If we can provide detailed information about the incident injuries, location, conditions on the ground, and best access to the site we can hopefully get help to casualties quicker.

Getting Help Fast

Communications in the modern forestry environment haven’t changed much over the years, yes we have smarter mobile phones now but how often are we in mobile phone black spots. A mobile phone signal that is working one day might not be the next day due to several factors including maintenance, weather, or the mast has been made obsolete.

Satellite technology has advanced more in recent years and the introduction of personal locator beacons is a fast-moving market. Spot Messenger and Find Fast devices have been adopted by many workers but they only have one way communication out with people on the ground unsure if the message arrived and if help is on its way. We could be left waiting without a real understanding of what help if any is coming our way and more importantly how long it will be. There are other devices out there on the market that give us two-way communication for not that much more in cost that fit the bill so much better. Inreach Explorer and Yellow Brick are just a couple of the devices that offer a much better level of two-way communication meaning both the people on the ground and the emergency services are much better informed.

Giving the correct information on the location of the casualty


When communicating with the emergency services we need to give details of the conditions on the ground as much as about the casualty and the only way we can effectively do this is by using a grid reference. Postcodes equate to a building or venue and not an open space in the forest or a hillside. A grid reference gives us much more information about a location it helps the emergency services decide on the level of response and whether to deploy the conventional ambulance service or escalate it to Mountain Rescues Teams or helicopters. The ordnance survey has just released a great mobile phone app called OS Locate that will give us a grid reference without a mobile phone signal.


Changes in first aid practices


The HSE has also recognised the requirement for specialist Forestry First Aid +F training and is now recommending that all Forestry First Aid +f courses include training on homeostatic clotting agents like Cellox, tourniquets and defibrillators. This is a major shift in first aid techniques but for remote first aid, it is been normal for several years now. I often get asked about first aid equipment and what is required on a forestry site. My answer has always been that the first aid kit you have on you at the time is the best one.


First aid kits need to be specific to the job at hand so the ability to treat major trauma injuries is a key requirement. All too often we think that the standard off the shelf first aid kits are up to that job when they quite simply aren’t. They are bulky so tend to get left behind in the vehicle or welfare unit. This is ok until you get trapped by a fallen tree or have broken your leg.


The Emergency Trauma Dressing (Israeli bandage) and Cellox are something I highly recommend for First Aid +F. The trauma dressing is a one bandage fits all product, it has a large wound dressing capable of soaking up large volumes of blood. It is made of an elasticated material so means you can apply more pressure to the wound and has a pressure pad and bar so can be made into an improvised tourniquet.


Cellox and Quick Clot are homeostatic clotting agents used to help the blood clot more quickly.  Granules are poured into the wound taking care not to get it in the eyes then covered with the Emergency trauma dressing. Both of theses products come in a gauze bandage impregnated with the same clotting agents can, but these need to be pushed directly into the wound. We have to ask ourselves if this is what we want at a basic first aid level or should this be left for more advance users.


The two products used correctly may negate the use of a tourniquet and save a life in major trauma injuries. They can be carried in a pocket so are more effective than the larger kits that are left behind in vehicles. Something else I highly recommend in a first aid kit is the means to protect a casualty from hypothermia. The classic orange survival bag used by hill walkers is a good starting point it’s waterproof and reduces wind chill so casualties can be temporary protected from the elements giving you time gather the appropriate equipment to reduce the possibility of hypothermia from a vehicle or welfare unit.


The first aid industry is catching on to first aid +F and I often get asked if you can do a bolt on to an existing first aid qualification, yes a lot of the skills are the same at the end of the day but hopefully this article will that question. First Aid +F is teaching first aid to people working in the context of remote locations and environments with possible major trauma injures so the full course needs to continually refer to this in all first aid situations. When choosing a first aid +F provider make sure they understand your working environment it may mean the defiance between life and death in a serious incident.

£85 per person up to 6 people

£550 for up to 12 on  course + expenses

Every course company and location are different why not contact us for a quote to discuss your own personal requirements.

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afag-logoAs a member of the Forest Industry Safety Accord we are committed to helping make companies in the sector have a safer working environment, where workers have the necessary skills and first aid equipment to operate safely.