Hazardous Environment First Aid (HEFA)

Hazardous Environment First Aid (HEFA) is a 5-day course that provides the learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate care in a range of hazardous environments.  It challenges the student to consider the environment when providing care and develops an understanding of the challenges to be overcome when proving care in hazardous environments.

Who’s It For?

HEFA has been specifically designed for those who may need to provide care in hazardous environments, looking after the patient until emergency rescue services arrive.

Course Overview / What will you learn?

Over a 5 day period, Learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of Prehospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and more.


Students will be assessed through a mixture of practical assessments, theory assessments, skills tests as well as continuous formative assessment throughout the course.


On successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate valid for 3 years. 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.

Dual Qualification

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).