The latest news from Bigfoot Services

December 16th – NNAS TUTOR AWARD at Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer. Places are still available on this course which is a requirement for any NNAS tutors and a useful opportunity for those wishing to teach navigation generally. Booking Forms are available from More →

November 18th/19th, 2017 – 9 professional outdoor instructors completed the course to a very high standard. Feedback included: “Thanks Alan for a great 2 day REC First Aid course at Trewern Outdoor Centre. You managed to satisfy the needs of a diverse group of people. Your efforts were greatly appreciated by all.” Our next REC L2 course is December 2nd/3rd at Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer – 2 places remaining. RGS certificated Off Site Safety Management is December 7th/8th at Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer – 2 places remaining. For those involved in treks and expeditions a REC L5 Travel (+ Expedition + High Altitude) course is December 9th/10thRead More →

TGO December has The Great Outdoors Guide to FIRST AID which includes a section on Trekking and Expeditions Overseas which I supplied. There are places available on our December 9th/10th REC Level 5 Travel (includes High Altitude + PAC) First Aid course which is featured on Page 74 of the magazine.Read More →

About the competition – The Aviva Community Fund The Aviva Community Fund has accepted a proposal from us which will allow us to significantly increase our delivery of the Heartstart ELS First Aid course using more advanced equipment than is normally available. This will apply across the Brecon Beacons National Park and South Wales generally and the course will be free and certificated to community groups. Our project link can be shared share far and wide to secure votes if you believe this to be a worthwhile community project for those in the areas referred to:  We need enough votes from friends, family andRead More →

October 14th/15th at Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer – congratulations to the 9 candidates who completed the course and who were a pleasure to work with. The next course is December 2nd/3rd at the same venue. Candidate feedback: Strengths of this course: Very good Very practical and hands on Good demo’s and display of kit Practical scenario based first aid Pace of course Good ratio of practical and theory Alan is very supportive and knowledgeable Practical aspects are really useful Vast experience of instructor Equipment e.g. ‘Choking Charlie’, injury props, different sized manikins The style of delivery from Alan The equipment we have had access to areRead More →

October 1st – 4th: I completed this training course and received the certificate shown to support earlier ISO training courses. Audit assistance and general advice is now available for: BS8848:2014 – Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom. A one day BS8848:2014 workshop is available from Bigfoot Services Limited and a certificate of attendance issued by us ISO9001:2015 – Quality Management Systems ISO14001:2015 – Environmental Management Systems OHSAS18001:2007 – Occupational Health & Safety Management SystemsRead More →

March 1st – 4th, 2018: Hill & Moorland Leader Training in the Brecon Beacons National Park delivered by Alan Ward (International Mountain Leader) who can also provide appropriate REC L2 Emergency Outdoor First Aid for Hill & Moorland Leader candidates. Get away from the paths and enjoy our wild places as a Hill and Moorland Leader. This qualification is ideal for walkers who want to learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland. It is used extensively by those involved with delivering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as many walk leaders andRead More →

September 27th – I was invited as a guest on the visit to the Tactical Medical Wing at RAF Brize Norton for a series of very interesting lectures by key personnel followed by a visit to an A400 aircraft. The visit programme covered: Welcome brief and light refreshements History of Aeromedical Evacuation The Aeromedical Evacuation system Medical Emergency Response Teams Critical Care in the Air Teams Tactical and Strategic Aeromedical Evacuation Static display of Aeromedical Equipment in an aircraft (if available) – A400 Thanks to those who invited me on this particularly interesting visit.Read More →

September 28th/29th/30th – 5 candidates completed this course to an exceptionally high standard with high importance given to forestry type operations and how to deal with incidents/injuries in remote areas away from vehicles. A course for 5 candidates from – Environmental Management Specialists based in Swansea. The group were a pleasure to work with so congratulations for passing the assessment elements to a very high standard. Our next REC HSE FAW is on December 2nd/3rd/4th at Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  Read More →

Keep your workplace safe this World Heart Day World Heart Day takes place on 29 September and highlights that 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside hospital each year. * The quick use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), (combined with CPR) gives an unresponsive person who isn’t breathing the best possible chance of survival. To decide how many AEDs you need, consider the size and age of your workforce and the nature of your working environment by completing a First Aid Needs Risk Assessment. *Sources: British Heart Foundation (30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside hospital each year) and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines forRead More →