The majority of our First For Safety Instructors are serving Paramedics with a wealth of knowledge & experience

Drew Kamphuis – Director and First Aid Instructor

12669492_921311977966589_6441069560640945_n (2)My interest in first aid and life saving started when i was just 8 and I entered a life saving competition at our local swimming pool.  I realised from an early age that I was able to stay calm in stressful situations and excelled in the competition. At secondary school I took an option in First Aid Studies and also learnt first aid for my Duke of Edinburgh Award.  After leaving school, I qualified and worked as a Life Guard around my studies before becoming a Police Officer (TVP). At 23 years of age I  qualified as a Riot Squad Medic. After 5 years in the Police I fancied a change and joined Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service as an Operational Fire Fighter.  In 2009 I became the the first and, to date, only female FF in OFRS to qualify and work on the Specialist Rescue Unit based in Kidlington.  After having my 2 beautiful children I was unable to work part time as a FF so moved into the Ambulance Service covering the whole of Oxfordshire. For more than 21 years I’ve loved working in all 3 Emergency Services but especially enjoy working on Emergency Ambulances. We frequently work in partnership with my previous Police and Fire Service colleagues.  It’s always lovely to see them – With regards to our Horse Rider Specific Emergency First Aid Course, I’m also qualified to BHSAI.

First Aid/Trauma Qualifications & Experience:

Current – Ambulance Service Emergency Care Assistant (Assistant to Paramedics on Emergency Ambulances) – Trained in Basic Life Support, Airway management, Oxygen, Entonox, AED, Assisting with Advanced Life Support, Catastrophic Bleeds, Tourniquets & Clotting Agent, Immobilisation.

13.5 yrs Operational Fire Fighter. (Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service)

3.5 yrs spent on Specialist Rescue Unit: Dealing with all complicated Road Traffic Collisions, multiple casualty/vehicle RTC’s, RTC’s involving HGV’s. Water Rescue including: Swift Water Rescue, Entrapment in Water Rescue ie vehicle, weirs etc. Rescues using Rigid Inflatable Boat. Ice Rescue. Line Rescue. Also trained in: Managing unconscious casualty in water. Confined Space Rescue, Collapsed Structure Rescue, Trench Collapse, Rescues using chain saws/disc cutters to release trapped casualties.

  • 2009 Qualified as Swift Water Rescue Technician.
  • FPOS Intermediate Trained & valid (First Person On Scene) x2
  • Enhanced Trauma Trained (Drowning, Immersion Hypothermia, Suspension Trauma, Airways, Oxygen, Entonox, Catastrophic Bleeds, Tourniquets & Clotting Agent, Defibrillation, Casualty Immobilisation for suspected Spinal Injuries)
  • 2010 Qualified as First Aid Instructor inc PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
  • 2002 ITV Survivor, Series 2 Contestant (Drew Agger) It was an amazing experience, where my First Aid Skills were put to use on several occasions!
  • 5 yrs Police Officer & Riot Squad Medic. (TVP)
  • Numerous First Aid at Work Re-qualifications.
  • Twice Qualified Pool Life Guard.
  • Recreational PADI Rescue Diver.
  • 6 yrs Mummy x 2 – Professional kiss-it-all-betterer!

Paramedic Bonnie

11800398_10208447165275918_5223985246824440100_n (2)Bonnie by name, bonnie by nature!!  Our fabulous Paramedic Instructor Bonnie is Director of all our fantastic value, Accredited First Aid Courses.  As well as years of experience as a First Aid Instructor, she has over 10 years, on going, A&E front line Ambulance experience. Bonnie is a very professional, skilled Paramedic as well as a busy Mummy of two Little Ones.  A fun person to be around, Bonnie will make your Accredited First Aid Course,  (often a dry subject) interesting and enjoyable to learn. First For Safety are confident you will NOT find a better value, Accredited First Aid Course, with a more experienced Instructor within Oxfordshire.

Paramedic Matt

thumbnail_20170218_133938Meet Paramedic Matt. We call him Marvelous Matt! I’ve personally known Matt for many years and can honestly say he’s one of the nicest people you could wish to meet.  He’s an excellent, respected Paramedic with 19 years experience in the Emergency Services. Over the years Matt has worked in various teams and has trained and mentored Paramedic Students. Matt brings a calming, light hearted atmosphere to any situation which is what makes him such a fantastic First Aid Instructor. As well as offering First For Safety his precious time, Matt works alongside other Health Teams as a Registered Practitioner, examining, educating and treating patients in the community.

Matt lives in Wantage area with his wife, daughter and Scruffy the dog. He enjoys travelling,  motor bikes, motor bikes and more motor bikes!! Matt is largely responsible for our courses held around Wantage, Lambourn, Faringdon, Chilton and Swindon area.

Advanced Life Support Instructor Katy

19832817_10154560802650966_1752648535_nWe’re excited to welcome Fantastic Katy, the latest experienced Instructor to join the First For Safety Team. Katy is extremely experienced!  She’s completed two Medical Tours overseas where she was directly involved in the emergency treatment of some of our most seriously injured and very brave soldiers. Katy will be teaching in the Faringdon, Lechlade, Highworth and Swindon area.

Here’s what she says, “Having just served 12 years as an Operating Department Practitioner in the Royal Air Force I’ve recently moved to the area to start a new role as a Hospital Advanced Life Support Instructor in Wiltshire. I have always loved teaching and really enjoy seeing people grow with confidence as they learn a new skill.
Being a Mummy to an energetic toddler makes me all too familiar with the mischief they get themselves into so I’m always glad to share my life support knowledge with other parents, so important!”


Justin Kamphuis:  Also Director of our Sister Company – First For Fire Safety.

JK Picture (3)Justin (AKA Hubby) currently works full time as an Operational Manager with in the Fire & Rescue Service. He started his Fire Service career in New Zealand, (his home land) in 2001 and transferred to Oxford in 2007. Justin has first hand experience of administering first aid in hostile environments. Justin is also Director of our Sister Company, First For Fire Safety providing  Professional Commercial Fire Safety Training Courses across Oxfordshire.  Do take a look at the face book page:  There will be more information about these courses coming soon on this website.

Justin’s extensive experience and qualifications include:

  • Current – Ambulance Service Community First Responder. Trained in Basic Life Support including airway management, oxygen & AED.
  • 2015 – Fire Service Co responders BLS course inc airway management, oxygen & AED.
  • 2013 – First Person on Scene Intermediate qualified. (FPOSI)
  • 2012 – Water Rescue Technician Instructor.
  • 2012 – Emergency First Aid at Work qualified. (EFAW)
  • 2012 – Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector qualified. (PTLLS)
  • 2010 – 2014 – Fire Service Training Instructor.
  • 2009 – Managing Safety IOSH qualified.
  • 2008 – South Central Ambulance Service Trauma Management Course.
  • 2001 – 2007 Numberous NZ First Aid, trauma & AED requalifications
  • PADI Rescue Diver qualified
  • 6 years Daddy, professional kiss it all betterer!

Our Fire Risk Assessments are completed by the fabulous Graham Turner. Graham served 30 years with the Fire & Rescue Service as a Senior Fire Safety Manager.  He was directly responsible for fire safety across Oxfordshire.

Graham Turner – Fire Risk Assessment for Business

20180510_081248 (1)Introducing fabulous Graham Turner who is in charge of our Fire Risk Assessment for Business. Graham served 30 years with the Fire & Rescue Service as a Senior Fire Safety Manager.  He was directly responsible for fire safety across Oxfordshire.With his incredible knowledge and experience Graham provides a professional consultancy which will support your businesses to achieve compliance and maintain a safe place of work.  Graham’s comprehensive understanding of what Fire Service Inspectors deem to be compliant means we are able to guarantee that our fire risks assessments will achieve compliance for your business in the most cost effective way.

Paramedic Rob

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Please welcome our youngest member of the First For Safety Team, the extremely lovely Rob Dunn. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Rob on many occasions including assisting him when we worked together to save a patient that was choking to death. He’s a wonderful, highly skilled and very compassionate Paramedic. Rob is responsible for delivering courses in the South of the County including: Didcot, Newbury, Wallingford, Benson etc areas.

Here’s what Rob has to say:

“I’ve always been interested in First Aid, after leaving school I completed a 2 year 999 Academy Course learning practical and theoretical skills in how each of the Emergency Services work together. After which I moved to Oxford to study to be a Paramedic with our local Ambulance Service Trust and in partnership with Oxford Brooke’s University. During the two year degree I gained extensive experience of treating patients on the front line.
I now work full time as a qualified Paramedic in Oxfordshire, it’s a fantastically rewarding career. I’m excited to have joined the First For Safety Team.  I’m really enjoying using  my knowledge and experience to teach Paediatric Emergency First Aid. It’s so important that parents have these vital, life saving skills.”

Paramedic Clare

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Gorgeous Paramedic Clare joined First for Safety in May 2017 and is ‘evening out’ our numbers nicely for our female Instructors! Clare is a dynamic, sporty, enthusiastic individual whom we are thrilled to have on the Team!   Here’s what Clare has to say “I moved to Oxford in 2013 to study Paramedic Science at Oxford Brooke’s University. Before that I worked as a lifeguard and in my spare time volunteered at a hospital, and a nursery with children aged 2-4 years old, which was great fun!  I graduated in 2015 and have since worked as a full time Paramedic in Oxford which is thoroughly rewarding. I love Children and as a Paramedic I am all too aware of how important it is that Parents have Paediatric Emergency First Aid Skills because it can make ALL the difference.  I really enjoy teaching Parents and being able to pass on my knowledge and some of my experiences of Paediatric Emergency situations.”

Paramedic Richard

image1Welcoming our newest member of the team – It’s Paramedic Richard. “Such a lovely young man” is how most patients describe him and we agree! Richard is renowned at our Ambulance Station for being one of the smiliest people you could ever wish to meet. He’s a fun, compassionate person with a true passion for helping others. Before training to become a Paramedic, Rich volunteered in various medical environments including a Hospice, Care Home and Hospital.  In 2011 he began his BSc Hons Paramedic Practitioner Course at Plymouth University and graduated in 2015.  Rich says he’s excited about using his knowledge and experience to teach Parents Paediatric Emergency First Aid – Delighted to have you on the First For Safety Team Rich!

James Virdi – Self Defence

22539923_330144844116865_4240046265926332363_nFirst For Safety are delighted to have teamed up with James Virdi Self Defence.  James is a qualified Self Defence Instructor with 10 yrs operational experience with the Use of Force and Self Defence.

James writes, “Since leaving the UK Border Agency as a Detainee Custody Officer, I’ve been studying all aspects of Self Defence systems, earning a BTEC Level 3 Instructors Award in Self Protection, Law relating to the use of force and Health & Safety in relation to Self Defence .
I’m excited to have joined the First For Safety Team.  Self Defence and Emergency First Aid are both skills that are without doubt, Life Saving!”

We are extremely pleased to have James join the team.  James has been kind enough to offer First For Safety customers a 10% discount on ALL his fantastic value courses.  See Self Defence Training page for more info: