FAR (First Aid Response)
First Aid Response Trainers
First Aid Response (FAR)
First Aid Response and First Aid Responder. The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) has established the First Aid Response standard. It offers training to individuals and groups who require a first aid skill set, including ‘cardiac first response’ – that is, providing first aid to someone having a heart attack or other heart-related issue. The PHECC standard is designed to meet first aid and basic life support (BLS) requirements
that a person known as ‘First Aid responder’ may need in emergency circumstances.
Tusla recognises PHECC’s First Aid Response Education and Training Standard when delivered by a training provider approved by PHECC. It sees it as meeting the required standard for compliance with the revised regulation in Early Years registered services. All successful course participants are given joint PHECC /Recognised Institution FAR certificates. The certificate expires after two years. Candidates may then re-certify if they wish.
From the 1 November 2021, to meet the regulatory requirement for Regulation 25, there must be at least one person who is FAR certified (First Aid Response) available to the children at all times. The number of people trained in FAR and available for first aid response is based on the service’s risk assessments, including the size of the service and the hazards identified. Where a service provides evidence of a person certified in FAR and being available to the children at all times, the regulatory requirement will be deemed to be met.
The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC):
PHECC is the regulator for emergency medical services (EMS) in Ireland whose role is to protect the public. PHECC is an independent statutory agency with responsibility for standards, education and training in the field of pre-hospitalemergency care. PHECC also maintain a statutory register of emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners. Further information available at: www.phecit.ie/.
The list of training providers attached is not exhaustive, and you are not obliged to use a trainer from our list. You can use the PHECC approved training provider of your choice.