Advanced first aid skills

First Aid Academy offers two advanced first aid courses. The Rescue Trauma and Casualty Care (RTACC) and the First Person on Scene International (FPOS International) for Police Forces (D13 & D13E), Fire and Rescue Services, and industries who operate in high-risk, remote or hostile environments. 

FPOS International and RTACC courses

The First Person On Scene International (FPOS International) course is a scenario-based and Level 3 qualification regulated by Qualifications Network UK (QNUK). The content meets the requirements of the Security Industry Authority for close protection operatives.

The RTACC (Rescue Trauma and Casualty Care) course is a scenario-based course using actors as casualties to enhance the course experience. RTACC is a Level 3 qualification regulated by Qualifications Network UK (QNUK) underpinned with clinical governance from the ATACC Group; The content meets the requirements of the Security Industry Authority for close protection operatives.

The courses are a mix of lectures (which include graphic videos), with regular practical exercises and simulations using actors as the casualties. The course uses the MARCH system to prioritise treatment, which develops throughout the course.

Who should attend the course?

Fire service staff

Airport staff

Police

Remote workers

High-risk workplaces

Mountain rescue team members

Close protection operatives

Event first aid providers

Pre-course requirements

Learners must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the training.

Learners must understand basic first aid and hold a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) qualification.

There are no other formal entry requirements, but to benefit from the learning, we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy, numeracy, or equivalent.

Course content

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requires all organisations to complete a work-based risk assessment to identify the hazard associated with their work activity.

It includes the following:

Safety

Scene Management

Catastrophic bleed management using a stepwise approach: Wound Packing, Haemostatics, Tourniquets and Junctional Bleed Management.

Airway assessment with enhanced management – adjuncts & supraglottic devices

Spinal assessment, management and immobilisation

Safe and effective Oxygen usage

Respiratory assessment and management

Recognition of Thorax trauma and complications

Abdominal assessment

Circulatory assessment, management, shock

Head injury & disability assessment

Effects of environment and exposure

Cardiac arrest – pit crew resuscitation

Paediatric BLS

Paediatric anatomy, normal physiology & common medical emergencies

Care of common medical conditions, i.e. stroke, diabetes

Care of medical emergencies

Thermal injury with the ability to assess the severity

Drowning and immersion

Mass casualty management

Triage

Transfer of the critically ill patient

All candidates receive an in-depth manual.

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