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The nature of emergency response in the UK and abroad means that teams are at risk to some degree. The dangers of this work are highlighted daily on all news bulletins. The statistics therein point to the dangers of this work involved in emergency incident response and international travel. It is therefore important that our teams and leaders understand the threats, have structures and processes in place to help teams react effectively an make life saving decisions to mitigate these threats.


To provide basic skills, knowledge and experience, that can be applied to help reduce the risk, improve safety and the chances of survival in the event of a major emergency.


The course is 12 hours long and has a balance of theoretical and practical scenarios in order to provide rehearsal of possible safety, security and survival situations.

The first morning is dedicated to a mix of clinical workshops and theory, on approaches to safety security risks and team vulnerabilities. There will be some refresher training on previous subjects covered including psychological reaction to disaster, risk management and hazmat.

There will be team interaction to ascertain experiences of risk and operational threats to establish a common baseline for new attendees. These sessions are supported by experienced staff who have all completed our advanced course, which is a detailed and advanced version of the one day program. 

The afternoon of the course outlines preparation to minimise the threats identified in the morning sessions. This is followed by an opportunity to practice responses, conflict resolution and immediate response to terrorist incidents, The fire fighting and hazmat is an annual NHS mandatory qualification, completed before attendance on the course, however, we will discuss further as part of the scenarios. The bulk of the remainder of the afternoon will see the team deliver short scenario briefings followed by exercises; rehearsing teams in likely survival situations and incidents. The final practical sessions will be an introduction to sea and open water survival planning and equipment to cater for helicopter transfer emergency procedures. These scenarios will be monitored and debriefed by Survival Wisdom to ensure all emergency and clinical protocols are completed correctly. Hot debriefs will reinforce key learning points highlighted and reenforcement of the need for training and equipment planning, A full debrief and course feedback will be completed at the end of the day, along with a presentation of certificates to the attendees.

Every training day with the SW team is amazing. They are a dynamic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team and a pleasure to work with. They continuously reflect on training provided to identify if it can be improved.


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