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Combined GWO Advanced Rescue (ART) & Enhanced First Aid Refresher (EFAR) Courses


Course Information

Your Five Day GWO Advanced Rescue & Enhanced First Aid Refresher 

Date of Next Course: Mon 13th - Tues 14th September

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Venue: HFR Solutions Training Centre, Hessle, Nr Hull

Duration: Five Days (see your booking options below)

Validation: 2 Years

Awarding Body: GWO (Global Wind Organisation)

HFR Solutions are able to deliver both the GWO Advanced Rescue and Enhanced First Aid in 5 days - contact us to book

Combined 5 Day Advanced GWO Course - tests and improves delegates practical rescue and deployment of first aid skills


Offshore teams face increased challenges such as the increased medical response time for attending the scene of a casualty and a need for an increased level of rescue capabilities and first aid provision as well as the factors listed below;

  • Increased level of hazard and risk 
  • Offshore teams need to display advanced trauma & lifesaving competencies
  • Access to advanced first aid and medical equipment

This 5-Day combined program covers all the modules of the GWO Advanced Rescue (ART) & Enhanced First Aid (EFA) training syllabus in one single week.

As a direct result, the industry is placing a greater level of importance of offshore teams being able to undertake advanced rescue and deliver remote medicine. 

3-Day GWO Advanced Rescue (ART) Training Course Syllabus

The GWO Advanced Rescue (ART) syllabus is a three-day training course and comprises of the following four modules:

 Hub spinner and inside blade rescue (HSIBR)  Nacelle, tower and basement rescue (NTBR)
 Single rescuer: hub, spinner and inside blade rescue (SR:HSIBR)    Single rescuer: Nacelle, tower and basement module (SR:NTBR)

These new advanced modules have been developed based upon risk assessments and industry-related accident and incident statistics during the installation phase as well as during the operations, service and maintenance work on wind turbine generators and wind power plants.

The GWO Advanced Rescue training combined modules aim to mitigate and control the risks associated with rescue operations undertaken in and from wind turbines to facilitate better emergency preparedness and response within the renewables industry.

Practical Course Scenarios


Module: Hub, spinner and inside blade rescue

(Both HSIBR & SR:HSIBR) modules

Module: Nacelle, tower and basement rescue

(Both NTBR & SR:NTBR) modules

 Rescue from blade  Rescue up
 Rescue from spinner  Rescue down
 Rescue for hub  Advanced stretcher work
   Advanced use of CRD's 
   Power-driven devices
   Mechanical advantage systems

2-Day Enhanced GWO First Aid Refresher (EFAR) Training Course Syllabus

The HFR Solutions GWO Enhanced First Aid Refresher (EFAR) Training Course will help your offshore teams, employees and organisation overcome the challenge of 2 Day Enhanced GWO First Aid Refresher (EFAR) | GWO certified course enabling offshore teams to be trained to an advanced first aid levelincreased medical response time and the industry placing a greater level of importance on remote medicine and to sustain life as well as factors such as:

  • Increased level of hazards
  • Delegates able to display levels of first aid and rescue competencies
  • Increased level of first aid provision and equipment
  • Offshore teams need to display advanced trauma and lifesaving competencies
  • Access to advanced first aid and medical equipment

2-Day GWO Enhanced First Aid (EFAR) training course syllabus includes:

  Advanced airway management  Burns
  Extremes of body temperature  Introduction to trauma
  Medical emergencies  Oxygen therapy
  Pain relief and management  Practical packaging skills
  Resuscitation  The injured casualty
  Trauma  Various practical scenarios (Trauma)
  Vital signs  Wounds and bleeding

This course is supported by scenario-based training.

Already hold a valid GWO First Aid Course accreditation?

If you already hold the GWO First Aid Course certification, you have the option to upgrade by undertaking or working towards your 2-day GWO Enhanced First Aid (EFA) refresher course.

GWO Enhanced First Aid (EFA) Standards

Click view to review the GWO Enhanced First Aid standards.

 Both these GWO training courses are validated for 2 years.

Your considerations

The following business-critical factors should be considered:

  • Your team will be working in a remote location and require advanced rescue knowledge and capabilities
  • Operating in an environment with high-risk
  • Increased emergency service response times
  • Your team will need to display increased skills and levels of competency
  • There is limited help within this operational environment

Your booking options

You can either:

Entry requirements

Delegates looking to undertake these modules, need to hold a valid GWO Working at Height, GWO First Aid and Manual Handling certificates.

GWO pre-requisite

For any delegates wanting to book on the Enhanced GWO ART course, we require the following documentation:

  • Full medical fitness
  • In-date GWO Basic Safety Work at Height, First Aid and Manual Handling certificates

In-order to follow guidelines, we will need to verify these on the WINDA system.

Course Benefits

Delegates working towards his GWO industry standard will receive the following course benefits;

  • Competence - delegates will confidently be able to display advanced rescue techniques and safely administer enhanced first aid 
  • Better prepared - to handle more serious first aid and trauma incidents
  • Increased response times – ability to sustain life in an offshore environment
  • Qualified and experienced trainers - HFR Solutions CIC instructors are specialists in working at height, advanced medical and GWO standards
  • Real-incident experiences - our instructors have handled rescue, at height, medical, fire and incident response scenarios in real-life 
  • Peace of mind for you– we have successfully delivered numerous advanced medical and working at height courses to the renewables sectors
  • Mobile training units - both our mobile units have been accredited by an external body and have also been certified by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) as a mobile training facility. Subject to suitable risk assessments and *anchor points we can deliver the GWO ART course at offsite (In-situ)
  • Unrivalled training infrastructure - First class working at height training infrastructure 

Candidates who complete the GWO Advanced Rescue (ART) and GWO Enhanced First Aid Refresher (EFAR) modules will receive a certificate to confirm they have met the level of competence required. 

Learning Outcomes

Both the Advanced Rescue (ART) Training and Enhanced First Aid Refresher (EFAR) GWO training courses will provide delegates with various learner outcomes;

  • Undertake advanced rescue capabilities from various areas of a wind turbine
  • Perform these rescue operations in teams acting as the rescue team coordinator or as a single rescuer
  • Competency to rescue a colleague from the blade, spinner and hub within a wind turbine
  • Perform descending and ascending rescue operations from an enclosed space within a wind turbine to an assembly area (i.e. ground, transition piece or vessel)
  • Display competency in the use of equipment in the rescue scenario outside the norm (i.e. creation of suspended aerial rope to safely and effectively transfer the casualty from the spinner to nacelle)  
  • Prepare an injured person for helicopter rescue from a wind turbine
  • Develop specialised knowledge – such as assess and determine a rescue strategy for various rescue scenarios as well as an evacuation strategy during a rescue operation
  • Understand the importance of carrying out basic and enhanced first aid safely and soundly, by following local legislation and in accordance with the European Resuscitation Council (ERC)
  • Identify and explain the normal function, normal signs and symptoms of minor and serious injuries and illness related to the human body
  • Act as a leader in first aid circumstances
  • Administer safe, effective and immediate lifesaving and enhanced first aid measures to save lives and provide assistance in remote areas using advanced emergency equipment and medical teleconsultation, while having particular regard for personal-protection
  • The delivery of immediate enhanced first aid to stabilise a casualty

Relevant Legislation

This Five-Day GWO Advanced Rescue (ART) and Enhanced First Aid Refresher (EFAR) intensive program will provide delegates with the competency, skills and theoretical and practical knowledge to access and rescue an injured person as well as deliver advanced medical response for undertaking work in a renewables environment.

Useful resources

It is paramount your delegates have an in-depth understanding of working at height and first aid legislation and how it may impact your organisation;

Working at Height

GWO Advance Rescue  GWO Standards - Working at Height
Work at Height Regulations 2005 Puwer (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998)
Loler (Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) General Health & Safety Legislation
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

First Aid

GWO Standards - Advanced First Aid  GWO EFA Standards
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 General Health & Safety Legislation
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Resuscitation and First Aid Guidelines 2015  


I found the GWO advanced rescue training recently delivered by HFR Solutions professional, informative and to the highest of standards. The new training areas used to facilitate this course, give delegates the opportunity to carry out rescue scenarios in wind turbine environments. As always the instructors at HFR were professional and very knowledgeable. The facilities, equipment and instructors at HFR are second to none, I cannot recommend highly enough.”

William Garrett-Millar, Health & Safety Supervisor, Ecotricity

Combined GWO Advanced Rescue (ART) & Enhanced First Aid Refresher (EFAR) Courses

Course Code: GWO01

Location - HFR Solutions Training Centre, Hessle

Duration - 5 Days

Closed Course Information

Price per course - £4915.00 + VAT

Max 8 delegates

Open Course Booking Dates

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