First Aid Responder (FAR)

Course Dates

Date/TimeTimeCourse NameLocation
30/11/2020 - 01/12/2020
All Day First Aid Response
07/12/2020 - 08/12/2020
All Day First Aid Response
12/01/2021 - 13/01/2021
All Day First Aid Response

PHECC (The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council) has designed the First Aid Response (FAR) Standard to offer appropriate training to individuals and groups who require a first aid skill set including cardiac first response. This standard is designed to meet first aid and basic life support (BLS) requirements that a person known as “First Aid Responder” may encounter. The FAR Standard meets the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) requirement for occupational first aid training for the workplace.

The Child and Family Agency (TUSLA) guidance also recognises FAR as the standard for child care.

Role and responsibility of a First Aid Responder

A First Aid Responder may be a healthcare practitioner, or a member of the public who has undertaken a First Aid Response course incorporating the Cardiac First Response (CFR) standard. In addition to CFR skills, the First Aid Responder possesses defined skills in the further management of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the pre-hospital environment until the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). The First Aid Responder is able to assess and manage these patients in accordance with PHECC Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). The First Aid Response Standard adopts a uniform approach to interacting with patients and other emergency medical services in the pre-hospital setting. Finally, First Aid Responders must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the process of continuous responder competence and will be required to maintain their skill levels in First Aid Response including CFR at defined intervals.


 Occupational First Aid

Recertification in First Aid Response is required every 2 years.

We can run these courses as a private course at your company, or you can attend one of our regular Public Courses, if this suits you best. Just check our schedule for suitability.

Course Aim

Upon completion of a recognised First Aid Response course the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise and Assess the causes and effects of sudden illness and/or injury in a pre- hospital environment and call for emergency medical services.
  2. React to such pre-hospital emergencies utilising PHECC CPGs.
  3. Respond in a safe, effective, and appropriate manner to such emergencies utilising the First Aid Response skill set and in accordance with PHECC CPGs as part of the pre-hospital continuum of care.
  4. Record and Report actions and interventions taken while responding to and managing such incidents and during handover to emergency medical services.
  5. Retain a caring attitude in their role as First Aid Responders.The learning objectives in the Standard refer to the management of adults and children unless stated otherwise. Consideration is given when delivering the course to using ‘Plain English’ to explain medical or clinical terms for responders who do not regularly interact with the pre-hospital emergency environment.