First Aid Information


To become an operational Team Member of the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team, you are required to learn, and demonstrate, that you are competent in a variety of disciplines which include; First Aid, navigation by day and night, search techniques, radio communications, rope work and searching around water.

The following describes the process relating to First Aid, casualty handling and casualty care.


All Team Members:

  • Require a current first aid certificate which could be either First Aid at Work, Outdoor First Aid or other similar minimum two day course as approved by the Team Medical Officer.
  • Undertake an annual Basic Life Support assessment, which includes administering oxygen with a non-rebreath mask or bag-valve-mask and the correct use of the teams automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
  • Are taught to recognise and treat a life threatening haemorrhage.
  • Are taught effective immobilisation with SAM and Vacuum splints.
  • Are taught about spinal care and the use of neck collars, head blocks and vacuum mattresses.
  • Are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of hypo/hyperthermia, asthma, diabetes, stroke and heart attacks.
  • Will receive additional training on other subjects such as conducting an effective handover to the ambulance service or other healthcare professionals.


Cas Carer

After two years as a Team member, you may wish to consider advancing your training and progressing onto the Casualty Care Syllabus.  This is a national syllabus which is written and examined by Mountain Rescue England & Wales every three years.

The Team have qualified Casualty Carers, (Cas Carers), who undertake additional off diary training and follow a self-directed study programme to maintain their knowledge and skill levels.

This includes:

  • Having a greater understanding of anatomy and physiology, and how injury and illness will affect this.
  • Advanced airway management, through the use of suction, oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal and supraglottic airway devices.
  • Taking blood glucose, blood pressures and pulse oximetry readings and knowing how to interpret them.
  • To carry and administer, where applicable, a range of medicines, via various routes such as oral and intra-muscular injection.
  • Advanced CAS Carers are trained in cannulation and chest decompression.


All our CAS Carers undergo clinical placements in local hospitals to ensure that their advanced skills are maintained and are assessed by an external clinician.


Useful medical links:

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation

Charity fighting heart and circulatory disease. The BHF funds research, education and life-saving equipment and helps heart patients.
Stroke Association

Stroke Association

Stroke Association is the major stroke charity in the UK.
British Red Cross

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.
St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance is a leading first aid charity in the United Kingdom.
Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK

The UK's leading diabetes charity.


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