Hazardous Environment First Responder (HEFR)

The Hazardous Environment First Responder course develops the knowledge and skills gained during the Hazardous Environment First Aid course.

At the end of HEFR, the student will have sufficient knowledge and skills to progress onto further operational training and experience.  The student will be able to manage more complex cases and start to act autonomously in some circumstances.

Who’s It For?

HEFR has been specifically designed for those who may need to respond to emergencies in hazardous environments, providing life-saving treatment and evacuating them to definitive care.

Course Overview / What will you learn?

Over a 15 day period, Learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of Prehospital care emergencies and the transport of these patients, such as: managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies, major incidents / accidents, triage, fracture immobilisation, paediatric emergencies , mental health problems, assisting the Paramedic, ECG Rhythm Recognition  & Interpretation, greater understanding and knowledge of the bodies systems and much 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 Responder (HEFR) students can also work towards the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) (L4 FREC)