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About

Dougie Fletcher’s involvement with First Aid began in the sixties with membership of the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service. This was followed by over 30 years spent as a Military Physical Training Instructor. With qualifications in Outdoor Activities and Parachuting, Dougie has always recognised the need to maintain First Aid skills.

On returning to civilian life, Dougie qualified as a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist – working closely with physiotherapists to provide recovery and rehabilitation to young soldiers and within a private practice.

Moving to Scotland six years ago, Dougie continued his love affair with the mountains and spends as much time as possible travelling, hill walking, skiing and mountain biking.

Dougie has also received a Certificate in Education from Greenwich University, to add to his skills and experience obtained over a lifetime of teaching, training and facilitating learning.

He believes that the best First Aiders are those that have a confident and practical hands-on approach. They are the ones who can provide the most effective intervention between injury or illness and the arrival of advanced care.

It is this approach that Dougie constantly endeavours to produce for all who attend training with him.

Company Philosophy

Having been involved with the delivery of First Aid training over many years, I became aware that the “one size fits all approach” did little to meet the needs of individuals or employers.

While continuing to deliver FAIB approved training, I am determined to tailor each and every course to match the relevant environment. From farm to factory, from builders to educators, the ability to apply effective First Aid will depend upon the demands placed on the first aider. For slips and trips or accidents involving heavy machinery the first person on the scene is likely to be the First Aider. I believe in preparing the individual to deal with all the potential risks in their individual environment. Not only does this increase the effectiveness of the First Aid team, but it also represents first class value for the employer.

This approach can best be demonstrated by looking at the needs of the outdoor instructor or enthusiast. Professional or recreational exposure to the outdoor environment brings huge benefits – but also additional risks. Outdoor Emergency First Aid training incorporates the skills of the First Aider with the need to recognise that advanced medical care may not be available for many hours. Additional skills are needed to bridge that crucial gap. k
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