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Open Briefing provides two unique first aid training courses: a one-day essential course and a five-day advanced course. Both are designed for aid workers, human rights defenders, journalists and others working in remote or hostile environments where emergency medical support may not be immediately available. Our instructors are all former military personnel, and many are also experienced civilian paramedics.

“The instructor was great, and adapted the course to our level of competence and interest. I really enjoyed the hands-on practice during the scenarios. Recommended!”
Alexandra Kennaugh, Illegal Wildlife Trade Programme Officer, Oak Foundation

Essential first aid for remote and hostile environments

Our one-day first aid course teaches students the essential skills needed to respond to trauma and medical emergencies. It goes way beyond the usual emergency first aid at work courses, and includes treating catastrophic bleeding and how to improvise basic equipment in the field, for example.

The course is ideal for students with little or no first aid training or those wishing to enhance their existing knowledge. Our instructors can deliver the course at your office and other suitable venues around the United Kingdom and Europe or at our training partner’s purpose-built simulation centre in mid-Cornwall, which is easily reachable from London.

As a guide, the fees below are for delivering the course to groups in the United Kingdom, and assume that the client will provide a suitable training venue.

No. of studentsCost of coursePer studentDiscount
1-6£810from £135-
7-12£1,459from £12110%
13-18£2,068from £11515%
19-24£2,595from £10820%

Course content

Module 1. Catastrophic bleeding

  • Tourniquets (C-A-T)
  • Haemostatic agents
  • Pressure bandages and dressings

Module 2. Basic life support

  • Patient assessment
  • Choking
  • Resuscitation (adult CPR)
  • Automated external defibrillators (AEDs)

Module 3. Environmental illness and injury

  • Heat exhaustion and heat stroke
  • Frostbite and hypothermia
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration

Module 4. Sprains, strains and breaks

  • Splints (SAM and improvised)
  • Managing spinal injuries
  • Patient movement

Module 5. First aid equipment

  • First aid kits
  • Improvising basic equipment in the field

All students receive a certificate of completion from Open Briefing at the end of the course.

Advanced first aid for remote and hostile environments

Our five-day first aid course focuses on more-advanced emergency interventions and the longer-term management of a casualty in remote locations. It is built around an enhanced version of the highly-regarded Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC 3).

This demanding course is a mix of taught theory, practical demonstrations and realistic casualty scenarios in the purpose-built simulation centre and at a nearby outdoor training area. The centre features realistic mock-ups of medical and trauma emergencies, and incorporates lighting, smoke and sound to create immersive scenarios. It is easily reachable by train or car from London.

This course is ideal for humanitarians, field workers, journalists and others travelling to remote or hostile areas, where the risk of life-threatening injuries is heightened and where medical evacuation could take considerable time to arrange. It is also suitable for security advisers working with aid workers and other NGO staff, as it is one of the few awards recognised by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Course content

  • Medical and trauma emergencies
  • Patient assessment
  • Triage of multiple casualties
  • Catastrophic bleeding
  • Burns
  • Breaks and fractures
  • Basic first aid (e.g. minor cuts and burns, diarrhea, etc.)
  • Self first aid
  • Heat exhaustion/stroke and dehydration
  • Airway management
  • Basic life support
  • Defibrillation
  • Circulation and shock
  • Intraosseous infusion (IO)
  • Safely moving patients, including preparing for transport by road and helicopter
  • Working with remote medical support
  • Radio comms
  • Protecting yourself and the casualty (firearms safety, unexploded ordinance, first aid under fire, providing care within an escaping vehicle, etc.)
  • Longer-term care of a casualty
  • First aid kits
  • Improvisation of medical supplies and equipment in the field
  • And much more…

All students successfully completing the training and passing the assessments will be awarded a QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care valid for three years.

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Essential first aid for remote and hostile environments1from £108 per person
Advanced first aid for remote and hostile environments5£550 per person
FREC 3 refresher course3£POA

All prices are plus VAT and subject to change. Minimum number of six students required for the essential course and four students for the advanced course. Please read our terms and conditions before making a booking.

Please contact us for more information and to book a course.

Open Briefing is a member of the International NGO Safety & Security Association, BOND and the Charities Security Forum. We are also a certified social enterprise.


Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the International NGO Safety and Security Association and CIVICUS