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Mountain First Aid

Mountain Training England state: “For any leader, first aid is an essential skill and the (relevant scheme name) assessment requires a current first aid qualification. The minimum requirement is that such a course must involve at least two full days, or sixteen hours of instruction, and include an element of assessment. Candidates are further expected to undertake such additional elements of first aid training as are consistent with their work in wild and remote country, including emergency assistance and evacuation techniques”.

“It is the responsibility of award holders and/or their employers to evaluate their likely work and the type of situations that they can reasonably expect to encounter and to maintain current appropriate first aid training and qualifications”.

Remote, or wilderness first aid, presents a unique challenge to those people involved, either as a patient or as a rescuer. Mountain Training England recommend that certain core subjects are covered :

  • Calling for help
  • Methods and limitations of evacuation
  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy and other fitting
  • Angina
  • Diabetes
  • Cold injuries, including hypothermia and frost nip/bite
  • Heat injuries, including burns, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke
  • Blisters, drowning/near drowning
  • Electric shock (lightning for example)
  • Limb trauma
  • Bleeding
  • Bites and stings, including sheep/deer ticks


This course is run by highly experienced people, with many years of Mountain Rescue Team work.

16 hours over two days, to meet with the above requirements, usually over a long weekend.

At the end of this one day course you should receive an Emergency Mountain Care Certificate to meet the requirements of Mountain Training England, which is valid for three years. You will also receive an Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate, to comply with Health and Safety (First Aid), 1981, approved Code of Practice L74, 1st October, 2013, which is also valid for three years.