Dear Craig, I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other users.
Details of the Recommendation: "Since I started the campaigning which has resulted in over 380 people getting their jobs back or being allowed to enter professions formerly denied to them, I have worked with other advocates similarly working unpaid for the same cause of fairness and equality. Other groups set up since the IRFD's inauguration include taxi and private hire drivers, police service, pilots with diabetes and most relevant to this recommendation (get on with it) IADA (The International Ambulance Diabetes Association),
Craig McDermott set up IADA when he was a serving ambulance Paramedic in the Scottish Ambulance Service. He represented his ambulance service peers in Westminster and assisted with the preparation of case notes and best practice advice in his own time and at no cost to the NHS or the service he was employed by.
After retiring, Craig still actively supports his old colleagues, but is now using his professional skills as a manager and paramedic and managed with his usual excellent attention to detail to set up the "First Call Medical Training". Craig is now the Director of this excellent resource, training and assessing people in quality first aid work that saves lives.
Craig has far more accreditation in terms of licences and qualifications than is necessary to do this sort of training, so instead of getting a lecturer whose undeniably qualified to teach first aid, she/he may never have even administered oxygen to anyone - a task undertaken every few seconds by the various ambulance services. With that skill and knowledge, combined with his passion for the preservation of life - our most valuable gift, how could I possibly not recommend him? A decent chap with integrity and a backbone too. Sadly a rare combination of qualities in jobs where things really matter."
I have attended a number of first aid training courses in the past and whilst always enjoyable I never felt confident that I could actually help when needed. This course was different, with clear and concise information delivered in an interesting way. I feel I would be able to do CPR and other first aid and be comfortable with it. I would highly recommend Craig to anyone who needs to deliver this type of training.