What Is The Impact Of Having First Aid Training On A Door Supervisor’s Career

As a door supervisor, you are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the patrons at your venue. But what would you do if a medical emergency occurred and someone needed immediate first aid?

Having first aid training can make all the difference in these critical moments. It empowers you with the knowledge and skills to potentially save a life and handle medical situations with confidence until emergency services arrive.

Not only is first aid training invaluable for the people you protect, it can also significantly enhance your career prospects as a door supervisor. Venues are much more likely to hire and promote supervisors who have this crucial certification.

Read on to learn about the immense positive impact that first aid training can have on your door supervisor career, and consider signing up for a first aid certification course like those offered by BS Security.

The Importance of First Aid Training for Door Supervisors

  • Door supervisors are often the first responders in medical emergencies that occur at their venue
  • Every second counts in many medical situations like cardiac arrest, choking, overdoses, etc. Having a door supervisor on site who can perform CPR, use an AED, clear an airway obstruction, or treat an opioid overdose with naloxone can literally mean the difference between life and death for a patron
  • Even in less severe situations, door staff with first aid knowledge can provide care for injuries, diabetic emergencies, asthma attacks, etc. until an ambulance arrives, improving outcomes
  • Venues have a responsibility to keep their patrons safe and being able to provide competent emergency medical assistance is a key part of that duty of care. A door supervisor with first aid training helps fulfill this.

How First Aid Training Makes You a More Competitive Job Candidate?

  • Venues face liability if a patron has a medical emergency and does not receive proper first aid. Having supervisors with first aid certifications protects them legally and financially.
  • Therefore, many venues now require first aid training for all their door staff or strongly prefer to hire supervisors who already have it
  • A first aid certification on your CV makes you stand out from other candidates and increases your chances of being hired
  • Even if a venue doesn’t require the training, they will see you as a safer bet and an asset since you have those valuable skills
  • According to a survey by the UK Security Industry Authority, X% of venues said they are more likely to hire door supervisors with a first aid qualification (cite source)

Enhancing Your On-the-Job Performance and Confidence!

  • Responding to a serious medical emergency is highly stressful and intimidating if you’ve never been trained on what to do. First aid training gives you a clear action plan to follow.
  • You’ll learn the step-by-step processes for providing CPR, using an AED, treating choking or overdoses, handling bleeding and injuries, etc. This knowledge prevents you from freezing up and empowers you to react quickly and effectively.
  • By practicing these emergency skills in a first aid course, you gain hands-on experience and build muscle memory so you’ll be able to perform under pressure in a real crisis
  • This increased confidence and competence will be apparent to your managers and increase their trust in you on the job
  • Supervisors who have used their first aid training to save a life are often recognized as heroes by their venue and community, further boosting their reputation and career

Better Patron Experiences and Venue Reputation

  • A venue where the door supervisors are trained to provide first aid in emergencies will be seen as a safer and more professionally run establishment
  • If a patron has a medical emergency and receives immediate, high-quality first aid from staff, they and their friends/family will be immensely grateful to the venue and more likely to return
  • On the other hand, if no staff are able to help in a crisis, it will damage the venue’s reputation as a safe and caring place, even if the emergency was not the venue’s fault
  • Word spreads quickly, especially in the age of social media. Having door supervisors with first aid skills protects the venue’s public image.
  • There are many documented cases of patrons praising a venue or nightclub online after the door staff saved someone’s life, providing invaluable positive PR (cite examples)

Increased Job Responsibilities and Leadership Opportunities

  • Door supervisors with first aid qualifications are often given additional responsibilities, such as training other staff members on emergency protocols
  • Venues may designate supervisors with first aid skills as the head responders for medical emergencies, putting them in leadership roles
  • Some venues even provide extra pay or stipends to door supervisors with advanced first aid certifications like Advanced First Aid or First Person on Scene qualifications
  • Being trusted with these added responsibilities increases your value to the venue and can accelerate your career growth into higher positions

Meeting Legal Requirements and Reducing Liability

  • Under UK health and safety laws, venues have a legal duty to provide adequate first aid coverage (cite regulations)
  • Having trained first aiders on staff, such as door supervisors with first aid certifications, is part of meeting these requirements
  • If a patron is injured or dies because first aid wasn’t provided, the venue can face lawsuits, fines, license suspensions, or even criminal charges in severe cases
  • A door supervisor with documented first aid training protects the venue in these situations and demonstrates they took steps to prepare for emergencies
  • In some cases, venues may actually be legally required to have a certain number of trained first aiders on duty at all times based on their size and capacity (cite any specific local regulations)

How a First Aid Qualification Enhances a Door Supervisor’s CV?

  • Many door supervisor job listings now list first aid training as a requirement or a preferred qualification
  • An SIA survey found that X% of venues are more likely to interview a door supervisor candidate with a first aid certification on their CV (cite statistic)
  • Including your first aid qualification prominently on your CV helps you pass the initial screening and land more interviews
  • It makes you a more competitive, well-rounded candidate, especially if you don’t have as much prior experience as other applicants
  • The certification shows a commitment to professional development and to patron safety, qualities that employers value
  • If you have used your first aid skills at a previous security job to help someone, definitely highlight this in your work experience section with details on how you assisted them

Choosing the Right First Aid Training Course!

  • When choosing a first aid course to take, look for one that is tailored to the needs and risks that door supervisors commonly face
  • The course should cover things like drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning, injuries from fights or falls, etc. in addition to CPR and general first aid
  • Ideally, take a course designed for security professionals, such as the Emergency First Aid for Door Supervisors course offered by BS Security
  • More advanced courses like the 3-day First Person on Scene qualification provide more in-depth training and are worth pursuing if you want to be as prepared as possible
  • Make sure any course you take is officially accredited and will provide you with a recognized certification to put on your CV
  • Don’t just go with the cheapest or quickest option – investing in quality, hands-on training is crucial since lives can depend on how well you learn the skills

The Benefits of Annual First Aid Refreshers

  • First aid guidelines are updated every few years based on the latest medical evidence, so it’s vital to stay current
  • Even if you’ve had previous training, taking an annual refresher course helps you keep your skills sharp and ensures you’re following the most up-to-date protocols
  • For example, CPR methods have changed in recent years, so what you learned in a course 5 years ago may no longer be the correct technique (cite specific changes)
  • Annual first aid refreshers are required to maintain most first aid certifications. For instance, the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification must be renewed every 3 years (cite any other specific requirements)
  • Regularly practicing your first aid skills in refresher courses keeps them fresh in your mind so you’ll feel more confident responding in a real emergency
  • It also demonstrates your ongoing commitment to being prepared and to professional development, which employers will value
  • Check if your venue offers on-site first aid refresher courses for staff or reimburses the cost of renewal courses – many do

Our Last Word!

As you can see, having a first aid qualification provides immense benefits for door supervisors, from increased hiring prospects, to greater confidence on the job, to potentially saving a life in an emergency.

Taking a first aid course tailored for door supervisors, such as those offered by BS Security, will give you the crucial skills and certifications to advance your career and be ready for any medical crisis that may occur at your venue. Can you afford not to have this vital training in today’s world?

Don’t hesitate to contact BS Security at Tel: 02089650955 or email courses@bssecurity.com if you have any queries or concerns about our Level 2 Door Supervision Course (SIA) Course that includes Emergency First Aid training. We are here to support you on your journey to success.

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