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All groups undertaking a nights away event must have immediate access to someone who has a current First Aid qualification, minimum First Response. The level of First Aid competence required for each event will be determined by the event risk assessment. However a full first aid certificate as defined in FS120052 is required for those operating in remote environments, where travelling time is 3 hours or more (in the method of travel being used) to a point of refuge, including; 

  • a road which carries a normal road-going ambulance;
  • a building which is occupied (such as a farm or harbour);
  • or another means of calling help (such as a telephone box).

The permit holder is not required to hold a first aid qualification.

The requirement to have completed a First Response course is waived for holders of a valid First Aid qualification, where the syllabus equals or exceeds that of a First Response course, including hypothermia and hyperthermia training.