You never know when you will encounter a situation where another person will require immediate medical attention. When someone falls ill and there is no doctor on site, how can you help?
If you have First Aid training, you’ll know how to properly address any emergency situation and keep things under control until help arrives. While it’s a good idea for everyone to have First Aid training, it’s especially important for security guards. In fact it’s a requirement for all licensed security guards in Ontario. As a security guard, it’s your responsibility to assist before paramedics arrive. First Aid, CPR, and AED training can enhance your responsiveness to an emergency situation, and can even be the difference between life and death.
What is First Aid?
First Aid is the treatment of life-threatening and non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, usually administered while awaiting professional medical help. Those trained with First Aid knowledge are better prepared to respond to emergency situations than those who are not, and can offer life saving assistance.
First Aid has three key objectives, referred to as the Three P’s:
- Preserve life
- Prevent further harm
- Promote recovery
First Aid can aid many injuries and illnesses, ranging from minor conditions such as scrapes or bruises, to more serious conditions such as spinal injuries or arterial bleeds. When you’re trained in First Aid you can be confident that you’ll be able to help anyone in need.
What is CPR?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an emergency response technique used to preserve the brain function of a person who is in cardiac arrest. CPR combines chest compressions with artificial ventilation, and should be performed by someone who is properly trained to perform it. CPR can be performed on infants, children, adults, and the elderly. In some situations, performing CPR on someone who is in cardiac arrest can be the the reason they survive until paramedics arrive at the scene.
What is an AED?
An Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, is a portable electronic device used to administer electric shocks to the heart of a cardiac arrest victim in an emergency situation. AEDs are equipped with sensors that can automatically diagnose the heart’s condition, and are able to treat the victim by defibrillation.
AEDs are generally placed in publically accessible locations, such as stadiums, shopping malls, community centers, restaurants, casinos, and hotels. Many businesses equip their facilities with AEDs on site, and ensure their staff is trained to use an AED during an emergency situation.
Benefits of Having First Aid Training
Everyone can benefit from First Aid and CPR training. Whether you work in the security industry or are just a parent looking out for the safety and wellbeing of your kids, there’s no harm in having some First Aid knowledge. Benefits of First and and CPR knowledge include:
- Having the tools and knowledge to respond effectively in an emergency situation, which can drastically change the outcome for the better
- Being certified in First Aid can give you the confidence and intuition to react quickly and appropriately when a person falls victim to an injury or illness at any time, whether that be in the home, in the workplace, or in a public area.
- Many occupations require Emergency First Aid, CPR & AED training, such as:
- Community centre staff
- Security guards
- Government workers
- Summer camp counselors
- Child and youth workers
- Parks and recreation staff
- Coaches and instructors
- Corrections Canada
- Personal trainers
- Emergency First Aid & CPR training provides you with the ability to administer different treatments to infant, child, adult, and elderly victims.
- Being equipped with the most up-to-date techniques and methodologies are a major benefit of retaking a First Aid course, or upgrading your current certification.
First Aid training can greatly benefit employers. When workers are trained in First Aid best practices, they can help create a more positive work environment, and reduce workplace accidents. Having trained employees on-site everyday can help business owners to minimize risk and handle emergency situations when they arise. While keeping workers safe, employers can also avoid the implications that workplace accidents may have on their business operations.
Who Should Attend First Aid Training?
It’s important to note that anyone can attend First Aid and CPR training programs. They are not restricted to those in the security industry — you can sign up for a course out of personal interest. While these training programs are open to everyone, there are a few professions that may find First Aid and and CPR training particularly helpful, such as:
- Any tradesperson
- Taxi, school bus, public transport
- Anyone working with children
What is Required to Attend First Aid Training?
First Aid training is meant to educate those who are not in the medical profession, on basic emergency procedures. There are no prerequisite courses you are required to complete before enrolling in a First Aid program.
How Will First Aid Help you in an Emergency?
If you see someone is ill, take caution in how you approach providing First Aid. Our comprehensive Emergency First Aid + CPR course will teach you exactly what you need to do. Those taking the Ontario Security Guard Training and our Ontario Private Investigator Training courses will greatly benefit from knowing how to handle emergency First Aid for an illness.
If someone suffers an injury, then a First Aid certified security guard can patch up the injury or ease the pain until a paramedic arrives. You will learn how to assess the severity of an injury and what is needed from the First Aid kit to treat them. For example, if someone breaks their arm, then you should elevate the arm with a wrap supported around the back of their neck. This will calm the person before a paramedic arrives to transport them to hospital.
You may notice a scenario where you can prevent an injury from occurring or illness from spreading. Knowing when to step in for prevention and how are important parts of First Aid and these are all things you’ll learn with our comprehensive First Aid & CPR course. Being able to prevent injury, but especially disease transmission can save not just one life, but can quarantine and avoid the spread to an entire building.
Safety While Working Alone
First-Aid training can help you assist others in emergency situations, but it can also be a great help when you injure yourself. You may find yourself in a dangerous situation while at work or at home, with no one around to help you. When you have First Aid training you’ll have the necessary skills to address any issues you may have until help arrives. This is one of the situations in which First-Aid training can be the difference between life and death.
First Aid and CPR Training in Security
In protective services, First Aid is not only a requirement to get your Ontario Security Guard Licence but will also be one of the key roles you will be required to fulfill. Whether you’re protecting a single person or group or working at an event or location, anything can happen at any time. Our Emergency First Aid + CPR course will help you prepare for any situation.
Our one-day emergency First Aid and CPR training course accounts for 6.5 hours of the 40 hour total Ontario Security Guard Training Course. When you complete the program, you’ll not only have the necessary skills to become a licensed security guard, but you’ll also have peace of mind when you’re off-duty and still have the knowledge to help anyone that may be in need.
Our First-Aid and CPR course covers a number of topics, from breathing and circulation emergencies to basic. A detailed breakdown of the of the emergency First Aid training course content includes:
- Preparing to respond
- The EMS system
- The recovery position
- CPR for adults, young children, and infants
- AED training
- Heart attack, angina, stroke, and TIA
- Check, call, care
- Airway emergencies
- Choking for adults, young children, and infants
- Critical bleeding, both internal and external
- Breathing and circulation emergencies
- First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest
- Wound care for minor cuts, scrapes, punctures, bruises, and burns
- Head and spinal injuries
- Burns: heat, chemical, electrical, and sun
- Diabetic emergencies
- Seizures or convulsions
- Includes how to treat infants and children with high fever
- Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke
- Hypothermia and frostbite
- Emergency childbirth
- Partial and complete amputation
- Anaphylactic shock
Our First Aid and CPR program is WSIB approved, and your Red Cross certification will be valid for three years in both First Aid and CPR.
Students interested in taking the emergency First Aid and CPR course should consult the updated schedule on Heart2Heart, and then purchase it from Security Guard Course’s online course list. Once you’ve purchased the course, an email will be sent to you shortly after to coordinate your class. Once you complete the class and receive your certificate, you will then email a copy to Security Guard Course, and we will upload it to Serco in order to issue your Training Completion Number, and exam booking instructions.
Things to Consider When Choosing a First Aid Program
Whether you’re enrolling in a First Aid program to fulfill your job requirements, taking a course out of interest, or want to be able to take care of those around you when necessary, you want to make sure you’re taking a thorough class that will teach you all the practical skills you need.
Not all First Aid and CPR training programs are created equal — some may simply teach the material, but not require students to put it into practice, while others may lack real-life scenarios. While most of them will cover the same basics of First Aid, you’ll want to make sure that you’re getting the most value out of the classes that you’re taking. To ensure you’re receiving the best First Aid lessons possible, here are a few things you’ll want to consider when selecting a provider.
Training Qualifications of Instructors
Before signing up for any course, you should check out the instructor’s credentials. This should be relatively easy to find online. Review their certifications —they should have a valid First aid certification, and should be qualified to teach.
Instructors should also have actual field experience dealing with First Aid, before they re-enter the classroom to teach others. Those who have only performed First Aid in a simulated environment will lack the real-life experience it takes to understand what responding to an emergency situation is truly like. To guarantee that your teacher has valuable field experience to enhance your learning, look for Red Cross instructors that have a few years of experience under their belt.
If the organization you’re interested in has multiple instructors, contact them to find out who you can expect to be teaching your course.
Aside from ensuring you’ll be taught by a qualified instructor, you should look into the course content that will be covered. There are standards set by the Red Cross to which all First Aid training classes need to adhere to. Organizations will usually state whether their First Aid program meets these requirements. When you select a Red Cross certified program you can be confident that you’ll earn a comprehensive First Aid education, and learn how to appropriate address any emergency situation that’s thrown your way.
Security Guard Course offers an immersive First Aid course that is recognized by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) and meets Ontario Health & Safety (OHS) regulations for Basic First Aid. All participants will receive the Canadian Red Cross First Aid & CPR Manual and Certification card.