Happy New Year! – January Training!

We would like to wish a very happy new year to all our friends and followers!
What better way to start the year off than with a fantastic day of EDSFAT team training?
Everyone is welcome to join us, even if you have never been to one of our training days before.

Where? St Richards Hall, Brighton – BN1 7BU.
There is plenty of on street parking.
When? 11/1/2020 1000hrs – 1600hrs

What? The main two sessions of the day will be:

1) Capacity and Consent in first aid – Delivered by one of our Paramedics, Emily. An interactive presentation to introduce the key principles of Capacity and how to assess it and how to gain valid consent for examination and treatment.

2) Diabetes, Diabetic emergencies and blood glucose measurements. Delivered by one of our Paramedic Practitioners, Matt. Introduction to the causes of diabetes and the emergency treatment options available to EDSFAT and a practical session on the testing of blood sugar as part of a holistic patient assessment.

We are also planning some problem based learning scenarios that will be revealed on the day.

Please bring a packed lunch with you, tea, coffee and hot chocolate will be available throughout the day.

Please also bring a tablet or phone with internet access so that you can take part in the interactive aspects of the presentations. We will a few spares and WIFI will be available.

If you have not joined us before and would like to please comment or message us so we have an idea of numbers

Looking forward to seeing new and old friends for the start of 2020

Best wishes, The EDSFAT Trainers!

BNI 2018

Ten members of EDSFAT have just enjoyed a fantastic weekend providing first aid cover and a skills base for the participants of the biannual Lambeth District BNI Competition.  During a weekend of amazing weather, team members not on first aid duty, ran a skills base testing the scout’s ability to deal with a very challenging first aid scenario.

Based around a disco tent, where following a serious incident there were four casualties.

Casualty 1 – had suffered a cardiac arrest.  The Scouts carried out long term CPR and used an AED trainer.

Casualty 2 – had a leg wound and a possible spinal injury.  A good number of Scouts provided quality manual stabilisation of the head and neck as well as dressing the leg wound.

Casualty 3 – was experiencing an asthma attack.  Maybe brought on by long term disco dancing in the smoky dance tent environment!  Scouts were expected to remove the dancer from the tent, encourage her to take her inhaler and sit her down in an appropriate position.

Casualty 4 – had suffered a burn to the arm and open fracture when he fell.  For this casualty, the Scouts were expected to cool the burn and dress with cling film, as well as correctly dressing the open fracture.

To make the Scout challenge even more difficult, Casualty 5 – was unresponsive by the emergency telephone.  As every team sent a single Scout to make the call to the call to the ambulance service, they then had to carry out a Primary Survey and place the casualty into the recovery position as well as making the all important telephone call.

To provide a semi-realistic environment for the scenario, the tent had loud music, flashing coloured lights, loud music and a smoke machine.  Team members dressed for the various roles including party dancers, doorman and responding ambulance staff.

The Scouts showed good levels of first aid knowledge and expertise.

EDSFAT staff also joined with the participants at the Campfire and Talent Show.

East Sussex Tune-Up Day

21st April was East Sussex Scouts Tune-Up Day in Broadstone Warren Scout Camp and Activity Centre. This was an opportunity for Helpers, Leaders, Administrators and other adult members of East Sussex Scouts to meet, learn about new and different activities, share ideas and best practice. As well as seeing various bases providing practical sessions for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

EDSFAT had staff at the event promoting high quality CPR, the use of AED’s, False Wounds for First Aid training, Team Publicity and fundraising, as well as providing event First Aid cover. A great day for the team, with time to talk to many different section leaders and share new ideas and thoughts.

AED on loan

Eastbourne District Scout First Aid Team have lent a Heartstart Automated External Defibrillator to Eastbourne District Scout Campsite and Activity Centre – Bushy Wood.  https://www.bushywood.org.uk/


With every minute lost between a person suffering a cardiac arrest and being defibrillated reducing the chance of recovery by 10%, having an AED at Bushy Wood may make a significant difference.

Festival of Transport 2017

Fund Raising at the Festival of Transport


Many members of the team spent either one, two or three days during the August Bank holiday weekend raising funds by parking cars and running a charity collection. The team has raised approximately £2200.