1st Response training resources

Train members to be confident and skilled at providing support in medical emergencies

Girlguiding has two first aid courses - 1st Response and the 1st Response Refresher

These courses are designed so that they can easily be delivered by any adult with the appropriate skills and qualifications. 

1st Response training and Covid-19

Delivering Refresher training

1st Response Refresher training can be delivered virtually followed by an in-person practical skills check. At this stage, virtual training is for refreshers only.

Training should still be managed through local guiding and trainers should deliver in their country/region. There won't be any centrally organised virtual 1st Response training. 

  • Sessions must be delivered by two trainers. At least one must be a recognised Girlguiding webinar trainer who can support the virtual elements. Webinar trainers who are also 1st Response trainers are asked to co-deliver with another trainer as they would other webinar trainings. There are webinar trainers in every country/region and offices will be able to see them on GO.  
  • Keep group sizes small, in line with the usual group size for 1st Response Refresher training. This allows trainers to check understanding throughout the session.
  • Practical areas of the course must still happen. It's important to see each participant perform or instruct practical elements, as they would during in-person training. This could be by trainers meeting with a participant one to one or by meeting with a small group following government guidelines for your country. The refresher training can only be marked as complete on GO once this has happened. Please make sure this message is clear when organising and delivering training.
  • Use a platform such as Zoom to deliver the training - these sessions won't be delivered through our live webinar platform.

Download 1st Response Refresher webinar training slides from the resource section below.

Restarting in-person training

In-person training can now be held outside for 1st Response. At all points current government guidelines for the country/region you're in must be followed.

Due to the restrictions still in place, we recommend that you prioritise virtual training over in-person to allow as many people to access the training as possible.

Do I need to do any additional cleaning or make any modifications as a 1st Response trainer?

The Resuscitation Council UK has released a statement that we would advise all trainers to download and read.

This statement is direct guidance for all training settings. Mannikins should already be cleaned to the standard required for the prevention of transmission of Covid-19. At this moment, we would ask our trainers to teach compression only CPR and not ask participants to perform rescue breaths. 

Who can deliver 1st Response?

To deliver any 1st Response course, you must have:

  • a Girlguiding Trainer Qualification or any adult teaching or training qualification - for example - a sports coaching qualification
  • a current, valid first aid qualification which has covered all of the elements shown in the 1st Response syllabus, and an assessment (the knowledge can be gained over multiple courses)
  • up-to-date first aid knowledge - you must be able to answer questions from participants.

Doctors and nurses can also run 1st Response courses if they can show their commissioner current experience of first aid skills by providing evidence in their professional training portfolio.

1st Response training can also be provided by two people who together fulfil the above requirements. For example, if you hold a 16-hour first aid qualification, but do not hold an adult teaching qualification, you can work with a Girlguiding trainer to deliver these sessions.

If you're unable to find enough 1st Response instructors, don't forget that there may be volunteers who fit the above criteria in your area - so always ask your local team.

Delivering 1st Response training

The full 1st Response course lasts six hours, and the refresher course lasts two hours. It's important to download and follow the standard course plans below, rather than deliver your own variation of the training. 

The following printable resources support activities within the 1st Response course.

Certificates to give to participants can be obtained by contacting the local county badge secretary.