South Shields first aid trainer to pass on life-saving skills to others in bid to help in terror attacks

Rob Mackins (standing right) Commercial Manager Votex Training, One Trinity Green, South Shields, watches as a class does basic first aid as part of a course that deals with the aftermath of multiple casualty incidents.
Rob Mackins (standing right) Commercial Manager Votex Training, One Trinity Green, South Shields, watches as a class does basic first aid as part of a course that deals with the aftermath of multiple casualty incidents.

A first aid trainer who has been affected by recent terrorist atrocities is looking to pass on his life-saving skills to others.

Rob Mackins once lived in Barcelona and after the terror attack there earlier this year - along with those in London and Manchester - he is aiming to help give people the skills needed to react if they ever find themselves in a situation where more than one person is in need of assistance.

Everyone says, it’ll never happen to me. But recent events have shown it can happen to anyone.

Rob Mackins

With the help of his employer Vortex Training Solutions, he is offering people the chance to take part in the citizenAID course which teaches learners how to react safely, pass on effective messages to the emergency services, prioritise the injured and give life saving first aid.

Mr Mackins said: “With the recent attacks, I think people being trained in First Aid is becoming more and more a necessity. The immediate help given to someone could really mean the difference between life and death.

“This course is much more than the usual first aid course, it helps people where there are multiple casualties following a terror attack and what to do if they find themselves in that kind of situation.

“Everyone says, it’ll never happen to me. But recent events have shown it can happen to anyone.”

The course is three hours long and based on the CitizenAid app which provides people with additional set of skills to act effectively when dealing with a serious injury from a bomb blast, gunshot or stabbing.

Those taking part in the course, costing £40, will receive a Level 2 Award in citizenAID.

For details on this and other courses call Vortex on 432 4401 or email enquiries@vortex.training