Chris Wagnor, from Pair of Medics first aid training.

Chris Wagnor, from Pair of Medics first aid training.

Safety first: How to find first aid training you can trust

Education and hands-on experience make the difference

Too often, paramedics Chris and Carla Wagnor would arrive at the scene of a call to find a person in distress, with no one providing even the most basic support.

“We’d come across patients who were really ill or injured and first aid wasn’t being performed, even basic things like just holding their hand and keeping them calm,” Chris says.

With that in mind, the two founded Pair of Medics First Aid Training six years ago in Port Hardy, later expanding to Port Alberni. Six years later, the two have trained more than 6,000 people, and have even seen some of their “graduates” in action. “With the knowledge and the confidence they get from the training, we’ve seen a huge change,” Chris says.

Training and experience

Not only do the Wagnors bring on-the-ground experience, but they also have the training needed to be informed, engaging instructors.

“We bring that experience to the classroom,” Chris says, noting a third instructor will join the team in the new year, allowing further program expansion.

That current training and practical experience are vital.

Those who haven’t renewed their first aid training in even three or four years are often amazed at the changes in recommended best practices, says Chris, whose first aid courses also include CPR and AED training.

“First aid is always changing and for the best possible outcomes for their families, co-workers and others, people need to stay up-to-date with those changes.”

The same is true for instructors, who must also stay current with new information and practices so they can share that knowledge with others.

The next generation

If your youngster is a new babysitter or has their eye on lifeguarding, for example, first aid is a vital skill that makes a difference to potential employers.

However, while particularly rewarding, training young people in first aid requires a unique approach.

“Youth have different ways of learning and we really enjoy teaching them with a lot of hands-on training,” Carla says.

“Our babysitting program now also includes a huge first aid component as well; we really keep them engaged.”

Protect your home and family

In addition to training, first aid and emergency preparedness kits are vital for home and work.

By their very nature, accidents and emergencies are often unexpected, so being prepared is the best way to keep people safe. To ensure you have what you need when you need it, Pair of Medics sells both first aid kits and 72-hour emergency preparation kits.

Instruction tailored for you

Review course descriptions and any prerequisites online or ask about private first aid and CPR courses for individuals or your business.

“Each person is unique and our customized approach using state-of-the-art training tools allows us to create achievable goals,” Chris says.

Visit on Facebook or learn more at pairofmedics.com.

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