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‘I think this is definitely something that needs to be pressed upon when it comes to first aid training.
The lack of training and provisions provided to officers is truly frightening when you consider we’re normally the first on scene and it can be an awfully long, painful wait for an ambo these days.
‘That isn’t a go at the ambo service, as I’ve seen first hand how overstretched and underfunded they are.
‘First-aid training is carried out annually where I work, as part of officer safety training in a
‘We get told that we should all carry tourniquets, combat gauze, etc, but, it all seems to fall on deaf ears, as no-one wants to pay for it themselves.
‘When I’ve raised it with colleagues, I get laughed and get the usual comment that an ambo or ARV will never be far away, which, in reality, we know isn’t the case.
‘It’s those vital first minutes that can determine the outcome of a major injury, which makes me question my
‘What would they do when faced with someone bleeding out in front of them?
‘It’s very rare that there is a first aid kit in the cars, let alone a fully stocked one, and the individual one consists of only a mouthguard, a pair of gloves and a plastic apron.
‘How does the quality of first aid training/kit vary across the UK as a whole?
‘Is this something that anyone has ever raised with yourselves before?
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