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Lazarus Training app is available for your phone!

Our media first aid training is all about building confidence and knowledge in life saving skills. But we want people to have easy access to memory joggers and this is were our Lazarus Training app comes in.

Our #trainforreal courses are all about immersive, practical, empowering training. We clearly see the delegates’ confidence and knowledge increase during our time with them. But we all benefit from a bit of revision and recapping, so to make this as easy as possible Lazarus Training app is now available for free from the usual places such as the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Most of us are rarely without our mobile phones nowadays, something which must be great for the speed of 999 calls, but with our Lazarus Training app we can make this an opportunity for that much needed revision.

What’s in the Lazarus Training App?

Lazarus Training App 2

We have tried to keep the size of the app small [we all know the pains of juggling phone storage], but to give access to the main information you would want. There is a calendar of our forthcoming training events; under Training you will find overviews of many topics from out courses ie AED use; Guidelines has a range of first aid guidelines and mnemonics and of course their is a news section.

We understand that you may not want to hear everything that is going in at Lazarus Training, so you can select what notifications you want and additionally give us feedback, on both the app and our training, via the main menu.

We will be adding new content to the app all the time and as the technology evolves we’ll try and find new ways to use the app. We now have videos embedded into the Training section and plan to increase this over time.

If you are out of signal, or have turned off your data, you can still access the main parts of the app, such as guidelines but you won’t be able to access the video content.

One of the reasons for the app was to ensure that we stay in touch with the great people that have attended our training courses, so we have included a form that you can complete if you use your first aid.  We really are interested in your experiences as this can help us adapt the training for the future. So whether you download it to get the guideline reminders, check our training calendar or to let our know your feedback- just download it!

First aid training saves lives

So first aid training save lives, everyone agrees about that surely. But is all first aid training good first aid training? In the UK a change in the way workplace first aid training is regulated has lead to a wider range of training providers offering courses. Accessibility to courses is generally a good thing, but people should be aware of the variety of courses that are now on offer.

Many first aid courses are geared towards passing the end of course test, but they should be aimed at making the delegates confident to apply their skills, in a realistic setting and scenario. Elsewhere we have written about the time and effort that we spend on our casualty simulation and scenarios, we’re not alone in this [I hope], but many courses don’t include any exposure to “real” casualty treatment.

The experience of treating an injured or ill person for the first time is well- unique, challenging, frightening, exhilarating- these are all words that our team themselves have used. But does a classroom first aid course, with a multiple choice test paper at the end prepare you for the “plunge” into this? It can be argued that no training puts you under the same pressures as that first “call/incident”, but it is possible to get 90-95% of the way in training.

Training needs to be structured in such a way, that it moves the delegates towards a level of unconscious competence, ie doing stuff without thinking about it. Most people attending first aid training begin at the level of unconscious incompetence [not knowing what they don’t know] or conscious incompetence [knowing they don’t know stuff]. Only by repeated, practical, immersive training can we realistically hope to improve on this.

The use of carefully planned scenarios, supported by a high level of casualty simulation and “scene setting”, being run by experienced trainers and actors should be a central part of all first aid/medical training.

The emergency services and armed forces have applied this to their training increasingly in recent years, but it is possible to apply this to any first aid course longer than a few hours. It just takes some work! Perhaps this is were the difference in training providers will become apparent, a general training company which has included first aid training in its portfolio will struggle to deliver to the same intensity and depth as a purely medical training company.

After all, first aid training save lives, but it takes good first aid training to prepare you to do it for real.

First Aid on Locations training near London

Working for a media/production company and looking for first aid training near London? Lazarus Training will be able to help. We are running our first aid on locations training near London, with the course now being open to all.

first aid on locations training near london

Previously our First Aid on Locations training near London was run for groups [and it still is], but we now run these courses at our Southend on Sea venue for individuals to book onto. Call our office on 0800 242 5210 to book your space or to find out more.

First Aid on Locations Training near London in 2016

The next dates with spaces are:

9th & 10th February 2016.

This course is running at our Southend on Sea venue [map below].

Call 0800 242 5210 or email to book your space or to find out more.

What is the training like?

You can watch some of our YouTube channel videos to get a feel for what the training is like and what #trainforreal means.

For more detail on the course itself you can read the full learning outcomes, assessment methods etc on it’s dedicated page: First Aid on Locations training.

This first aid on locations course is highly practical and reflects our #trainforreal and “first aid is a contact sport” mantras. Delegates are faced with scenarios involving casualty simulation including fake blood.

Media first aid training is a specialist topic, in which Lazarus Training has years of experience. Having worked closely with large media organisations and regulating bodies, we can now offer a range of media first aid training courses covering all the requirements of the industry or sector. You can find out more about Lazarus Training on this site, or our main website.

To find out more about our training methods visit our scenarios and simulations page or contact us on 0800 242 5210.

Our range of media first aid training also includes First Aid in the Office or Studio, First Aid in Remote Locations or First Aid in Hostile Locations.

First aid training revision

On our #trainforreal first aid training courses we aim to make the training stick in peoples’ minds. We try and immerse our delegates in the topic via practical scenarios, casualty simulation and video presentations to ensure they leave the course confident. But three years is a long time to go between courses [obviously we would recommend more frequent training]. So we are in the process of producing first aid training revision tools.

One method we are trying is placing lots of clips onto our YouTube channel, Vimeo and Periscope.  All of this content is placed in the public domain to help with first aid training revision. We hope it helps anyone that has been on our first aid training courses, but we aiming to have the content available, free of charge, and if that means other people find it and access it, that’s ok. We just want to make sure that there is maximum change of people getting some form of regular first aid training revision.

First Aid Training Revision

Clearly we would like people to get “hands on”, practical first aid training revision, but if that is not possible for everyone, then hopefully our YouTube channel playlist [below] might be helpful.

Our YouTube channel has a wide range of videos, as we have a wide range of courses. But we have tried to break them down into some helpful playlists. Above is the media first aid training playlist, but feel free to try out some of the others as well.

Don’t forget to return to our channel regularly as we will be updating our first aid training revision tools.

We are looking to launch a smartphone app in the early part of 2016 and would love to hear you ideas of what you would like included.

If you have any feedback on videos you would like on the YouTube Channel or content of the app please contact us on or (+44) 0800 242 5210.

First Aid in Hostile Locations

First aid provision is required in every workplace and in the UK most workplaces send staff on first aid training. Lazarus Training has produced a range of media centred first aid training courses to meet this need, but also the real life need of the media sector.

First Aid in Hostile Locations training has been designed to cover the specific risks that warzones and disaster areas present, but also cover the more commonplace need to care for an ill or injured colleague.

Our course is focused on providing the best possible medical care, often with limited resources, whilst remote/separated from medical care. The course content can be adapted to reflect the clients’ equipment and risk assessments, along with the likely effects of the environment/situation too which the delegates are deploying.

All training is conducted to our twin ethos of [#trainforreal & “first aid training is a contact sport”]. Delegates are required to take part in a high number of practical sessions and scenarios. Live roleplayers and mannikins are the casualties- not the delegates. We use a wide range of teaching styles, but focus heavily on the practical application of the required skills in a “real world” setting. Delegates are exposed to stress via noise, darkness and casualty simulation.

The following is the content of the “standard” version of our First Aid in Hostile Locations training:

The pre-hospital environment

  • scene safety
  • minimising the risk of infection
  • triage

Patient assessment

  • communication with patients
  • examination and assessment
  • safe moving and handling- including casualty evacuation

Respiration and Airway management

  • recognition of respiratory problems
  • common breathing difficulties
  • basic airway management
  • use of basic airway adjuncts [if available to delegates]
  • ventilation support

Basic Life Support

  • perform basic life support [all age groups including child bls and infant bls]

Circulation and Shock

  • recognition and care of bleeding including ballistic & blast injuries
  • shock [to include faints]

Medical related emergencies

Recognition and initial care of

  • heart attack/angina
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • epilepsy
  • unconscious patient
  • asthma/anaphylaxis
  • handovers to the paramedic/medical care provider
  • basic record keeping

Trauma Related emergencies.

  • recognition and initial care of injuries to bones, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • recognition and initial care of burns and scalds
  • recognition and initial care of other trauma related injuries
  • skeletal stabilisation

Environmental considerations

  • hypothermia
  • hyperthermia

If this training course is of interest, contact us on or on [UK +44] 0800 242 5210.

This training has been designed to reflect the recommendations of INSI for first aid in hostile locations.

If you are interested in find out more about us as a company visit our main website:

First Aid in Remote Locations course- diary/blog

Next week we are running another of our First Aid in Remote Locations courses for one of our media clients. As this course is fairly new, being approved by the Royal College of Surgeons 8 months ago, we thought it would be good to provide some additional information on the course, how it is run, what happens, who is involved etc.

So over the next few days we will be posting pictures from the course on our instagram account [@lazarustraining], tweeting [@lazarustraining & @travelsafetrg], posting updates on our facebook page and some blog posts on this and our other websites.

We will post some information about what happens behind the scenes, some of the characters involved in the training and live updates from the course itself. Hopefully we can also get some viewpoints from the delegates attending this First Aid in Remote Locations.

So with all the delegate packs printed off, it’s now onto the kit packing. The delegate pack has the normal enrolement, feedback forms that you see on any training course, but we also have a strong document trail for the assessment side of the course. As this is all practical, we have delegate workbooks and scenario records that are completed, some by the delegate themselves [a great way to get them to reflect on the training], but also by our team. It keeps our training team quiet in the evenings!

Elsewhere on this site we have posted about the training scenarios we run, more examples will follow next week, but it does require a lot of planning and equipment. The complete course equipment currently takes up a people carrier when we include all the outdoor equipment that we use to “dress” the scenarios: sleeping bags; tarps; stoves etc.

We have previously had to shave the kit down, when flying to a course, but either way the casualty simulation equipment makes up a large part of our load.

Keep watching this website to find out more about this course, or call us on 0800 242 5210 or email to find out more.