The FA Emergency Aid Course

This three hour workshop offers basic advice on how to limit the effects of injury and promote recovery. Topics covered include mouth to mouth resuscitation, control of bleeding, dressing of wounds and minimising shock. Open to all with an interest in improving their emergency aid skills. Certificates last for three years.

Course Aims & Objectives

To provide the candidate with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to enable him/her to attend a conscious or unconscious casualty, ensuring that appropriate care is given until the emergency medical services arrive and takeover, or until an alternative healthcare professional(s), assumes responsibility for the casualty.


On completion of the workshop, the candidate will be able to:

  • Recognise their role and responsibility as a nominated First Aider.
  • Identify the key components of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
  • Evaluate incidents and prioritise the needs of casualties.
  • Determine whether a casualty is conscious or unconscious and perform the correct procedure to open the airway.
  • Identify best practice when summoning medical assistance, in terms of when, how and knowing what information is required.
  • Demonstrate the correct technique when placing a casualty in the recovery position.
  • Apply the correct techniques whilst performing chest compressions and rescue breaths.
  • Discuss appropriate actions following an incident.
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms, and administer appropriate first aid when dealing with a range of conditions in a conscious casualty.


Course Content

  • Principles of First Aid
  • Process Overview
    • Pre-Activity Preparation
    • Reacting to an Incident
    • Approaching the Injured Player
    • ‘Primary Survey’ (Response / Airway / Breathing / Circulation)
    • ‘Recovery Position’
    • ‘Secondary Survey’ (‘head to toe examination’)
  • Resuscitation Algorithm
  • Heart Conditions
  • Choking
  • Severe Bleeding
  • Shock
  • After an Emergency Incident


Course Pre-requisites

Candidates must be at least 16 years of age


Course Duration

Three hours


Suggested Format

Three hour workshop