I recently attended one of Andy’s ‘Wilderness First Responder’ training courses in a woodland area close to Hastings. I was very impressed with his passion and engaging style of teaching. Not only a first aid course but an education through scenario based learning. On the training day we had a wide range of younger to older and inexperienced to advanced first aiders. From the way that the group developed over the two days of the course, including an over-night camp, Andy’s people skills and inclusive approach made it a great, all-round rewarding week end.

Francis Mark Miller

Emergency Management Assistant

By far the very best first aid course that I have ever attended.

Good practical examples in realistic situations Gave great confidence to who all who attended that they would be able to deal competently with situations as they arose.

Terry Davies Police Inspector retired.

Wilderness First Aid Course Hastings East Sussex

Hey Guys,

Where to start?! Needless to say, we all had a fantastic time at the November First Responder course the other weekend.

I personally never thought it would be so simple to save a life, and am still a little shocked that so few people have gone down that route of getting some basic training as the one we received thanks to you guys.

Despite the increase in paranoia resulting from the course, I feel it was absolutely invaluable, and hope that if and when the day comes, all won’t have been lost, and certainly not a life, thanks to these newly gained skills.

A big thank you three (Ali, Andy and Pete) for the great weekend and knowledge shared with us.

Good luck to you all!

Tommy (one of the plumpton college guys)

Wilderness First Aid Course Hastings East Sussex

I have the Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association, Trail Cycle Leader qualification and to quantify it I am required to have a recognised First Aid qualification. So on 28th – 29th May 2011 I attended the Wilderness First Responder course held atBedgebury Forest,Kent for the first time.
I am currently serving in H M Armed Forces and therefore have to undertake quite a rigorous First Aid training assessment each year. However this is not a civilian recognised qualification as it is aimed towards operational life saving techniques.
The Wilderness First Responder course has given me greater self confidence in my ability to assess, react, control and maintain first aid on a casualty(s) in any given situation; not just in the Wilderness situation.
I will definitely be returning for refresher days and have passed on details to colleagues who also require this qualification.

Thank you Andy and the team; keep up the great work.


Kev Young

SSgt Royal Signals

Wilderness First Aid Course Bedgebury Forst Kent

Bedgebury Forest Bike Club Website Article

Most of the club coaches, ride leaders, race organisers and trail builders have recently been on a brilliant Wilderness First Responder course. Andy Sullivan of Emergency Life Support Team ran the course at Bedgebury and having attended various courses run by St Johns Ambulance and British Red Cross over the last 20 years, I can honestly say that I learnt more with Andy in 2 hours than I did in all the time with the other providers. These courses mean we can deal effectively with any accident which occurs on our rides; indeed one of our club members has already received life saving first aid by a First Responder trained by Andy after a serious crash on an outride. On Andy’s site at http://www.elst.co.uk/wilderness-first-responder-first-aid-kent-may-2011-bedgebury-forest-kent/ you can see some photos of the sometimes horribly realistic training (don’t worry – all the blood is fake, but is more convincing than the acting!)

Simon Auger

Bedgebury Forest Bike Club Press Officer

Thanks for the great fun course at Bedgebury last weekend. I think it addressed the needs the bike club has very well, and kept everyone interested in what can be quite an arid subject.

Dr John Rivett

General Practitioner

Bedgebury Forest’s Cycle Club

Small Woodlands Owner’s Group Article