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First Aid: Why it's Integral at Safer Edge


First aid forms an integral component of many of Safer Edge’s security course curriculums. Given that many of the people we work with are deploying to remote or hostile environments where medical care is inadequate or non-existent knowing first aid can be a matter of life and death. In the feedback from courses first aid is often cited as one of the most valuable elements of a participant’s experience.

In this blog we chat with Sylvia Niescior, one of Safer Edge’s first aid facilitators to explore more why first aid is so critical and what elements are most important.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a first aid instructor with Safer Edge and I was a Registered General Nurse in the British Army for 27 years specialising in Accident and Emergency Nursing. During my time in HM Forces I served on numerous operational tours/conflicts including Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Since leaving the Army I still maintain my nursing registration by agency work in the local Accident and Emergency Departments. Due to my vast, and varied, trauma experience I also teach on Close Protection courses and with Safer Edge. I also run my own now own successful aesthetics business in Hereford specialising in Botox, dermal fillers and chemical peels.