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Evacuation Chairs – What you need to know.

Evacuation Chairs – What you need to know.

Blog, Evacuation Chair Training
Evacuation Chairs - What you need to know. Evacuation Chair Training Chris Garland In this blog post I'm going to talk about evacuation chairs. There are lots of makes and models of evacuation chair on the market. You have probably already seen some in publicly accessible buildings such as hospitals, hotels, sports grounds and arenas; I've even seen one in my local Costa Coffee shop. In which case you might be wondering what an evacuation chair does, who it's for and how you use it? So let's start with the basics.   What is an emergency evacuation chair? Put simply, an evacuation chair is a mechanical means of transporting somebody out of a building or to a safe place. Much of this movement will be down stairwells, but you might…
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Fire Safety Blog Series – The Responsible, Competent & Relevant Person

Fire Safety Blog Series – The Responsible, Competent & Relevant Person

Blog, Fire Safety
Fire Safety Blog Series - The Responsible, Competent & Relevant Person Chris Garland In this short blog post (part of the Fire Safety Bog Series), I'm going to take a quick look at the role of the "Responsible Person", the "Competent Person" & the "Relevant Person". The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, came into force in October 2006. As well as amending & revoking dozens of pieces of earlier fire safety related legislation, it gave rise to the terms "Responsible Person", "Competent Person" & "Relevant Person". So just what are these roles and what do they mean? The Responsible Person The “Responsible Person” has overall responsibility for fire safety at a businesses or other non-domestic premises. To put this into context, non-domestic premises are defined within the Order as…
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Vlogs and Podcasts

Vlogs and Podcasts

Podcast, Vlog
Now I know what you're thinking; "what happened to the vlogs and podcasts that you were going to do?". Well the simple answer is that I've lost my voice! No, really I have! I've done pretty well this year avoiding being I'll, not getting a cold or even a sniffle. But the other day someone on one of my courses brought the lurgy in with them and I got it. My voice went after a day or so and disappeared for a week which has made it rather challenging to teach during the week, let alone get any vlog and podcasts done. But don't worry; I've got several interviewees lined up for the podcasts along with loads of ideas for vlogs. So watch this space! Chris
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Website updates

Website updates

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Hello and welcome to this latest blog post. As you know we're always looking to improve our services to you. Our latest improvement is a chat function on our website. If you have a question about our courses, want to double check something about your course booking, just visit the website and start a chat with us! All you have to do is click on the speech bubbles icon in the bottom left hand corner of the screen, and start typing your message. Simple! So, I look forward to chatting with you soon! Chris
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Realism, realism, realism

Realism, realism, realism

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Hello and welcome to this latest blog post. As you can gather from the title, is all about realism and getting your training to be as realistic as possible. As you know I'm always adding to my training kit. I'm constantly looking for equipment and props that can better improve the way I deliver courses. Well this week I've managed to add a Ruth Lee training mannequin to our stores. Ruth Lee are the world's leading manufacturer of training mannequins. They make training equipment for the world's military, police, search and rescue, lifeboat and other rescue services. From working at height to cave and confined space rescue, their equipment is the second to none. The mannequin that we've bought is a working at height model. It's correctly anatomically weighted, articulated…
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New series of Vlog posts to come!

New series of Vlog posts to come!

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New series of Vlog posts to come! I'm going to be releasing a series of short vlog style video tutorials over the coming months. The first video will be first aid skills related, but what else would you like me to cover? Please let me know so that you can get the most from the series. Chris
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New training materials

New training materials

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New training materials. I'm always trying to make my first aid training as realistic as possible, while keeping it appropriate for the audience and the course. [caption id="attachment_2048" align="alignleft" width="350"] Gen7 CAT Tourniquets[/caption] Today I've added a different blend of fake blood to the props department (much more similar to arterial blood than before) alongside a suitcase full of theatrical body parts sporting various major trauma injuries. Obviously these are for use on specific first aid courses such as our Catastrophic Injuries Training course and our Forestry Commission compliant first aid courses, but if that's the training that you need, you can be assured of the best possible course with Chris Garland Training. We've also taken delivery of a batch of Generation 7 CAT (combat application tourniquets) for use on…
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Saying Hello!

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Saying Hello! [caption id="attachment_2042" align="alignright" width="255"] Hello![/caption] I've just had a look through the stats to see how the website is performing. Yesterday we had visits from the Philippines, Peru a well as France (not to mention the UK). So a big hello to all our international friends!
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Latest client feedback

Latest client feedback

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Latest client feedback.[caption id="attachment_1641" align="alignright" width="500"] Course evaluation form[/caption] I've been nose to the grindstone over the last couple of weeks doing various courses myself, so I've only had time to run one training course which was an emergency first aid at work course. Anyway I thought I'd share with you some of the feedback that I received from the course; [su_spacer size="30"] "Q: In one sentence, how would you describe this course to a friend/colleague?" Comprehensive in the areas that we cover. Invaluable & needed in every workplace (& home)! Better than the previous course I attended. I would recommend it. Informative & lightly delivered during sensitive subjects. Amazing! [su_spacer size="30"] Pretty good huh? See you on a course soon & don't forget, I'm adding more courses to the…
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New course dates released!

New course dates released!

Blog, First Aid, Food Safety
New course dates released! I've been busy with the diary and have released a load of new course dates up to the end of June. I've a couple of dates that I've pencilled in for courses, but haven't yet allocated which course will be running on those dates (15th June & 29th June). So if you want me to run a private course for you and your colleagues, now's your chance to get these dates reserved just for you! Keep safe. Chris
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Vehicle first aid kits

Vehicle first aid kits

Blog, First Aid
Vehicle first aid kits Yes really! I'm actually getting round to writing a new blog post. I'm fairly sure that at the beginning of the year I limited myself to just two new years resolutions; going for a run once every week and writing a regular blog post. Well I've failed at both of these so far! No more!! So here I am wondering what to write about for this blog post (I've already started writing another blog post about concussion after some friends of mine had a head-on car crash and started to show signs of having it). They say that posts should be interesting and beneficial to the reader & I completely agree with that. Having just finished a week of working across the country teaching first aid…
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Back to the grindstone

Back to the grindstone

Blog, First Aid, Health and Safety
Back to the grindstone. [caption id="attachment_832" align="alignnone" width="640"] Back to the grindstone[/caption] I've just had a lovely half-term holiday with my wife and kids, but now it's back to the grindstone. I've a mass of emails to go through and several voicemails as well, so if you've been in touch over the last few days and left a message, I'll be getting back to you very soon. :) There might be a slight delay in responding to messages tomorrow though, as I'm attending a Medical Gasses CPD course up in Carlisle which a good friend of mine is running. I've not trained in giving Entonox before, only Oxygen, so a bit of learning and a bit of refresher training are on the cards. Having spoken to the trainer earlier this…
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Food safety tip #1

Food safety tip #1

Food Safety
Food safety tip #1 Here's a great food safety tip; ensure that you use cooked leftovers within 4 days, or freeze them immediately after cooking to help prevent foodborne illnesses. The best way to do this is to divide them into smaller portions, including jointing up meats, placing them into shallow containers and chill them to room temperature within 2 hours before refrigerating or freezing.
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New website

New website

Website
New website Our new website is coming along nicely. Typos sorted, course bookings directly through the site, first aid products on sale & a new blog. We're launching it in the next few weeks along with a new e-learning portal of 250+ courses making us #yourcompletetrainingpartner for #2018.
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