A first-of-its-kind tailored first aid course has been launched to help farmers’ confidence in emergency situations.
The farm-specific course will focus on the expertise required following real-life scenarios such as treatment of crush injury from a quad bike or being trampled by cattle, severe bleeding due to amputation and how to assess non-responsive casualties.
Attendees will also be taught how to deal with impalement from equipment such as baler spikes.
All training will be delivered by qualified doctors and paramedics, as well as student paramedics from Cumbria University.
Cumbrian vet and H&H non-executive director Colin Lindsay, who thought up the idea for the course, said: “In the farming industry, we expose ourselves to danger daily – it is the nature of the job.
“Real life emergencies happen out in the field and they can be extremely serious. Sometimes, resultant injuries cannot be fixed by basic first aid, but the actions that are taken while help is being sought can literally be the difference between life or death.”
The bespoke three-hour course specialises on what can be done in the first 15-30 minutes following an incident and aims to get farmers up to speed on how to survive in a serious emergency.
It will also cover the basics, including how to put an unresponsive person in the recovery position and how to use CPR.
The first First Aid For Farmers event will be held on Wednesday December 11 at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on a first-come-first-served basis for £49.99 per person plus VAT.
Tickets must be booked by November 29. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alison Agnew on 01228 406 290.