Emergency First Aid at Work with Forestry


Recent changes to Forestry Scotland’s First Aid Policy recommend those in the Forestry industry attend the training, including additional topics relevant to the risk and nature of their work. Hence our Emergency First Aid at Work + Forestry Course. Above all, this course is perfect if you are looking to undertake the role of emergency first aider in the workplace in low-risk environments on Forestry (aka Forestry Commission) land.

Our forestry first aid course (EFAW+F) is considered the minimum requirement for various sectors, including; Forestry, Renewables, Surveying, Construction, and Utility. In this course, we will cover forestry specific content. This includes catastrophic bleeding (i.e. chainsaw injury), hypothermia, crush injuries and Lyme Disease.

The course has been designed to comply with the Forestry Commissions first aid policy.


Course Contents

In this course, you will learn your responsibilities as a first aider. In addition to this, you’ll also look at what first aid equipment you should have and how to keep yourself safe when providing first aid. You’ll learn the protocol for dealing with casualties and learn how to deal with unconscious casualties who are both breathing and not breathing.
You will also learn to control catastrophic bleeding using tourniquets, pressure dressings and haemostat agents. You’ll learn about the dangers of hypothermia and how to protect a casualty from the cold. Likewise, you will learn how to deal with insect bites and Lymes disease. Finally, we will explore some basic casualty extraction techniques.

Is the course accredited?

Yes, it is! Our emergency forestry first aid course appears on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at level 6 and is regulated by SQA Accreditation. When you complete the course, you will be awarded ITC Certificate in Emergency First Aid at Work at SCQF Level 6. 

Upon completing this course, you will also gain the Forestry 

The Forestry First Aid +F (ITC) module ensures that your certificate meets the requirements to operate on forestry land. 

Course Assessment

As the course is a regulated qualification, we gather evidence of a candidate’s learning and development over the course. During the assessment, candidates will demonstrate an understanding of effective first aid practises in emergencies. The assessment requirements for this course include:

  • Practical Assessments: your trainer will carry out ongoing practical assessments throughout the course. Feedback is offered after the practical assessments, and you will have the opportunity to correct any errors.
  • 1x Casualty Card: during one of the scenarios, you will complete a casualty card, this will test your ability to monitor and record casualty information.
  • 1x Written Question Paper: this takes the form of a multiple-choice question paper and consists of 10 questions. This is marked on the day, and candidates will be offered the opportunity to resit if required.

Upcoming Dates

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Emergency Forestry First Aid Course Syllabus

  • The role and responsibilities of a first aider.
  • Reduce the risk of infection to yourself.
  • Assess and manage a first aid incident.
  • Provide first aid to an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing properly.
  • How to deal with a casualty who is choking.
  • Provide first aid to a casualty who is wounded or bleeding
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty who is in shock
  • How to recognise a catastrophic bleed
  • Effectively apply a tourniquet
  • How to use a haemostatic agent
  • How to identify Lymes Disease
  • Manage a casualty with a crush injury
  • How to prevent and manage a hypothermic casualty

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