Why does forestry commission first aid differ?
Standard first aid courses work from the emergency guidelines, which assume a fairly swift ambulance response. However, the forestry industry has employees working in remote areas with little or no communication. This often means the emergency response times will be longer, and first aiders must therefore be able to care for casualties during this time.
Forestry workers are also working in an outdoor environment, which brings its own hazards. A huge risk to casualties is that of hypothermia. So, the forestry first aid covers the importance of insulating casualties from the ground to prevent their condition from worsening. Other hazards in this environment include animals, ticks (Lyme disease), weather & the terrain.
These forestry first aid courses also look at communication with the emergency services. First Aiders can help by providing detailed information of the incident. This includes injuries, location, weather and site access. The emergency services can then create a plan of action.