Paul was a serving firefighter in both London and county Waterford in Southern Ireland for approximately 15 years. The majority of that time serving in central London. But Paul always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a natural way with people. Prior to his fire brigade career, he worked in the sports and leisure industry as a personal trainer to a wide range of special population groups.
What made you want to become a First Aid trainer:
As both a personal trainer and firefighter, Paul had been a qualified first aider for a long time. But he had a deeper fascination with the anatomy and physiology of the human body and how it ‘works’! Coupled with this Paul had an intrinsic passion to help others. These combined attributes lead Paul to a career in the First Aid industry. Being a Firefighter In London he was often required to be the first on the scene to an incident and relished the opportunity. Paul takes pride in being able to now share his experiences with his students.
How did Blue Light Academy help you become a First Aid trainer:
The Blue light academy was fundamental pointing me towards the first steps to take in a new industry. I was a firefighter for almost 15 years so it was a major jump for me to what felt like starting over again. It was a daunting beginning! However, Blue Light Academy put me in contact with two very reputable First aid companies as well as organized shadowing experienced emergency first responders. This gave me the perfect start. Since embarking on my new career, Blue Light Academy has continued to be supportive of me and my future goals. I have continued to feel like a very valued member of the Blue Light Academy.
What is the best aspect of your new career as a first aid trainer:
I love giving people the confidence to help others in a first aid scenario. I aim for this to be my end goal in all of my training sessions. To instil in my students the ‘want’ and the confidence to help others gives me the utmost gratification.
One piece of advice to a brand new First Aid trainer:
Be passionate, never stop learning and have FUN!
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