Hazardous Environment Medicine
The ORMS Hazardous Environment courses are specifically designed for those providing medical care in hazardous or austere environments. They provide the learner with the same knowledge and skills expected in non-hazardous environments but ensure that the learner is prepared for the challenges faced in these non-standard areas of practice.
Originally designed to meet the needs of those working in Search and Rescue (SAR) Helicopters, the courses would also be appropriate for those working in the event medical sector, lowland SAR, Mountain Rescue, Military, Police and Fire & Rescue services.
This suite of courses is utilised nationally and internationally by SAR Helicopter providers as it is highly focused on the provision of care whilst understanding the physical constraints that the environment may impose.
To find out more about our range of Hazardous Environment courses and how they can lead to our Paramedic Programmes, simply get in touch with us via email, calling +44 (0)1248 603 012 or using any of the details on ourContact page.
We have worked closely with Qualsafe Awards (QA) to provide ORMS students with a clear and concise pathway to gaining Ofqual regulated prehospital care qualifications, which will also provide FREC Learners with a route to progress into a career in Hazardous or Non-Hazardous medical response.
We can now offer our students the opportunity to achieve certification in one or both awards (by sitting some additional components):
- Hazardous Environment First Aid (HEFA) students can also work towards the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) (L3 FREC)
- Hazardous Environment First Responder (HEFR) students can also work towards the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) (L4 FREC)
- Hazardous Environment Medical Technician (HEMT) can also work towards the QA Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) (L5 FREUC)
|Current qualification||Bridging model||Desired qualification|
|HEFA||Attend an assessment day to undertake L3 FREC theory and practical assessments.||L3 FREC|
|HEFR||Attend an assessment day to undertake L4 FREC theory and practical assessments.||L4 FREC|
|HEMT||Attend a 1 week bridging course*1 and undertake L5 FREUC Bridging Ambulance Technician and Associate Practitioner theory and practical assessments.||L5 FREUC|
|L3 FREC||Attend an assessment day to undertake HEFA assessments in a Hazardous Environment.||HEFA|
|L4 FREC||Attend an assessment day to undertake HEFR assessments in a Hazardous Environment.||HEFR|
|L5 FREUC||Attend a 1 week bridging course*2 and undertake HEMT assessments in a Hazardous Environment.||HEMT|
*1 – The 1-week HEMT to L5 FREUC Bridging course will consist of:
- Management of medical emergencies in ‘domestic settings’
- Management of trauma emergencies in ‘domestic settings’
- Moving and handling in the prehospital care environment
- Academic research and writing skills
- Theory and practical assessments including witness testimony, Learner workbook, invigilated exam, poster presentation and observed practical assessments.
*2 – The 1-week L5 FREUC to HEMT Bridging course will consist of:
- Management of medical emergencies in ‘hazardous environments’
- Management of trauma emergencies in ‘hazardous environments’
- Moving and handling considerations for care in ‘hazardous environments’
- Human factors in hazardous environment emergency care
- Theory and practical HEMT assessments in a Hazardous Environment