Southsea-based Broadside Training has launched an initiative to support UK nationals traveling to join the Ukrainian International Legion.
The program hopes to support those joining the Ukrainian forces, providing them with completely free first aid training that teaches a fundamental understanding of injuries seen in an active war zone.
Oliver Gardiner, managing director of Broadside Training, and Heather Todd, director of the Broadside Training Center, developed the program with the aim of supporting Ukraine after the Russian invasion.
Since Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed for foreign nationals to join the Ukrainian forces, UK nationals have been on Ukrainian front lines.
The Southsea-based company was ‘desperate’ to offer support to those leaving the UK to fight.
The course is only offered to those who can prove communication with the Ukrainian Embassy – to ensure that the proper procedures are undertaken prior to enlistment.
Heather said: “Any conflict carries the risk of death or serious injury, if providing free first aid training saves a single life, it’s the least we can do.”
The course will focus only on injuries found on a battlefield and how to deal with them to preserve life.
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Oliver Gardiner added: “We felt it was important to support those wishing to join the newly formed International Legion.”
“We understand that many people traveling to fight do not have previous military experience, so providing them with fundamental medical skills for worst-case scenarios means we can support them in any position they might find themselves in. to find.”
Since publicizing the program on social media, the company has been boosted in its efforts to support Ukraine as it has received over 10,000 views and over 200 shares.
“The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has demonstrated the nature of the British people, many have rallied to support Ukraine in its fight for its homeland. We also wanted to help out, so Heather and I thought about how we could best use our services,” Oliver added.
The company is also looking for other training organizations interested in helping to expand the program and is appealing to companies for their support.
For more information about the program and how to access the course, visit broadsidetraining.co.uk or contact [email protected]