Darren Mitchell is one of our highly qualified Lead Trainers operating from Lincolnshire and has been with Nuco Training since 2014.
When did you first learn first aid and why?
I was a young boy in the cubs when I first was introduced to first aid. I remember in those days you had to strike the chest first before commencing CPR. I hit the manikin too hard, it folded and the lung became detached. I have been a first aider for many years now as a requirement for the work I’ve had to do.
What made you become a First Aid Instructor Trainer?
I enjoy teaching. Of passing on knowledge, and having fun doing it. I’ve always enjoyed first aid, and know it’s importance. I want to pass on that knowledge, to make a difference. If one life has been saved through my training then I know I have been successful. I also believe that everyone should receive some sort of First Aid training, but I know that unless a person has to do the training through their work, then they will never go through the training. it’s amazing how many people don’t know what to do if a member of their family has an injury or an illness. Knowing basic skills can be a difference between life and death.
What would you say to someone considering becoming a first aid trainer?
Go for it. The more people we can train in first aid together, the more chance of survival someone has. After 22 years of working as a Prison Officer, I took voluntary redundancy and became self employed in 2011 when the prison I was working at closed. I was a PE Officer in the service and decided to use my skills and training for myself. I have taught many things over the years, including riot training, management of violent and refractory prisoners, manual handling and also sports related qualifications.
I enjoy teaching and helping individuals, so on leaving the service I have become a Personal Trainer, a level 4 sports Masseuse and also tutor sports massage courses. Plus, having also developed in other areas of teaching, I now teach many aspects of First Aid, and joined NUCO’s team as a lead trainer in 2014.