Exciting New First Aid Training Comes To Skipton


The buds are coming out on the trees and the lambs and daffodils are appearing in the fields of Skipton.  Spring is upon us and is typically a great time for new beginnings, something that paramedic Steve Giles has taken quite literally.


He has recently retired from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, after 25 years of service and is thrilled to be able to announce that his new venture is now open for Business!

Steve has spent many years in the ambulance service as a front line paramedic and progressed to Clinical Supervisor where he trained and mentored student paramedics.  Now, you may think that sounds a bit beyond your needs as a first aider – but you will be pleasantly surprised. Steve is a very down to earth tutor, he was previously a medic in the armed forces ….and you can only imagine the tales he has to tell about some the real life incidents that he has attended over the years – they are ever so entertaining.

He has teamed up with Dave Ogden, previously a firefighter based at Skipton and Hazardous Areas Response Team Paramedic.  Dave was one of the firefighters who rescued Richard Hammond from his terrible Jet Car Crash at Elvington Airfield, with his privately owned Fire and Rescue Company – Event Fire Services.   

Route 1 First Aid

The crew were employed to provide fire cover for the BBC filming that day.  They were able to quickly cut Richard Hammond from the car, and along with the medics attending that day, were instrumental in saving Richards life.   

Dave had done advanced first aid training with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and decided to pursue a career in the ambulance service shortly after this incident. 

He began his medical training as a Technician with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and during his years working for the trust, he progressed to be a paramedic with the HART team, before returning to Skipton ambulance station where Steve was his Mentor!

Dave will pass his knowledge of practical firefighting during the Fire Safety Training Sessions, when you will get hands-on experience, tackling the flames with extinguishers and fire blankets.  Safely putting your new knowledge to the test.


Steve and Dave will be teaching Medical courses for Route 1, and along with fellow tutors, Nurse Shirley Oliver, and Paramedic Mali Chamley the team will provide all levels of First Aid training and Advanced Medical training in the newly opened Suite based on Snaygill Business Centre in Skipton.


Their  Website is now Live – why not check it out?  www.route1firstaid.co.uk

The Website will guide visitors through the wide range of Online courses available, which are Perfect for companies with employees needing to do a refresher.  It enables customers to work at their own pace from the comfort of their own surroundings.

Customers can also book the practical courses directly from the website.  Whatever your needs…. these friendly people are here to assist you!  

We have Ample free parking, and each full day course has free refreshments and even a free Lunch included in the price!




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