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First Response Emergency Care (FREC) Level 3 – FA16

Our First Response Emergency Care (FREC) Level 3 course is a nationally recognised and regulated qualification for first responders to be able to administer pre-hospital emergency care, and for individuals who require training more advanced than the standard first aid at work and emergency first aid at work qualifications.

“The course (Bespoke Manual Handling for O/Ts) was very enjoyable. Sarah was very friendly and confident and had a lot of knowledge and patience.”

DW, South Gloucestershire Council
September 2023

Why do our customers choose us?

Acorn Health and Safety -First Aid- Training and Consultancy UKOur courses are delivered by knowledgeable and enthusiastic first aid trainers all of whom hold adult teaching qualifications supported by professional qualifications.

They have gained their hands-on first aid experience from a variety of different backgrounds over many years including nursing, armed forces, emergency services, hospitality, Voluntary Aid Societies, as well as other industry sectors before becoming qualified instructors.

Teaching 18,000 delegates a year Acorn Health & Safety offer training to individuals, groups and entire staff teams we are committed to providing excellent training delivered in a relaxed, yet informative style.

What is First Response Emergency Care (FREC) Level 3 training?

FREC (First Response Emergency Care) level 3 will teach you the life-saving skills and techniques of a first responder within a pre-hospital scenario.

Traditionally, a first responder is the initial personnel to arrive at an emergency scene, commonly, police officers, firefighters, and medical personnel. However, it could also be those with medical responsibility at work, individuals working in high-risk area, those in voluntary or community activities as well as roles within high-risk workplaces such as law enforcement and security.

FREC 3 is also the entry-level stage of the First Responder Emergency Care (FREC) pathway and suitable for individuals looking to progress to higher level training. For example, registration as a paramedic and careers within the emergency services.

Our course programme employs a variety of teaching techniques to meet the needs of individual delegates and includes the following:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a first responder, including recording incidents & patient specific documentation
  • Patient assessment - Primary Survey (ABCDE) & Secondary Survey
  • Incident assessment and control
  • To be able to assess and manage patients with life-threating and non-life-threatening illness and injuries, including
    • trauma emergencies
    • bleeding and catastrophic bleeding
    • chest injuries
    • crush injuries
    • wounds and eye injuries
    • burns or scalds
    • embedded objects
    • fractures, sprains, strains, and dislocations
    • poisoning
    • head, spinal, and musculoskeletal injuries
    • patients with breathing and extreme breathing difficulties
    • anaphylaxis
    • asthma
    • hyperventilation
    • heart attack
    • angina
    • stroke
    • diabetes
    • seizures
    • meningitis
    • patients with suspected major illness
    • a patient who is actively convulsing
    • how to provide emergency care for the effects of environmental exposure
    • hypothermia
    • hyperthermia
    • sunstroke
    • dehydration
    • exhaustion
    • food poisoning
    • patients with compromised circulation
  • To be able to administer CPR
  • To safely use an AED during a resuscitation attempt and how to maintain an AED ready for use

Owing to the practical nature of this course a basis level of general fitness is required.  Delegates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline.  Should you have any questions relating to the accessibility of this course please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

On completion of the course, you will receive a FREC Level 3 Certificate endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, valid for 3 years. After this time, you will be able to take the FREC 3 Requalification course to remain qualified.

This course is of 5 days duration.

What should you expect from Acorn Health & Safety?

We’ll provide delegates with a variety of printed course materials including workbooks and handouts. On successful completion of this course delegates will receive a printed course certificate.

Post course our team of consultants and trainers are available to answer any questions you might have.  You’ll also receive an automatic reminder prior to course expiry.

Our ‘First Response Emergency Care (FREC) Level 3’ course is just one of over 60 courses we offer. Acorn Health & Safety provides training and consultancy in first aid, fire safety, food safety, manual handling, healthcare training and health and safety.

We can provide a wide variety of accredited or tailor-made courses, these can be ‘in-house’ or ‘open’ programmes.

Our ‘in-house’ course programmes are the most cost effective option if you’ve a number of staff requiring training, and in many cases can be adapted to include reference to local policy, practice and documentation.  These courses can be delivered either at any suitable venue or you can hire our purpose-built training centre located in Warmley, Bristol, whichever is best suited to your needs.

We also run a rolling programme of ‘open courses’ which are particularly suited for individuals, organisations that only have a few delegates or those looking to release small groups of staff at a time.

Please contact us to discuss all of your training needs so we can advise the most suitable and cost effective solution.

For other courses, relevant to your industry or sector please see our industry information page, alternatively we have found that people attending this course also attend:

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Our tailored health and safety training is aimed at meeting the needs of customers who have specific subjects to be covered within their health and safety staff training.

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Aimed at businesses and individuals requiring specific training or those with only a few members of staff to train our open courses run regularly throughout the year and cover a variety of different subjects.

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