The majority of our First For Safety Instructors are serving Paramedics with a wealth of knowledge & experience
Drew Kamphuis – Director and First Aid Instructor
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!
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.
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.”
Advanced Life Support Instructor Katy
We’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!”
Meet 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.
Justin Kamphuis: Also Director of our Sister Company – First For Fire Safety.
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: https://www.facebook.com/First-For-Fire-Safety-1162605603751412/ 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!
James Virdi – Self Defence
First 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: https://firstforsafetyoxfordshire.co.uk/self-defence/