Trainer/Assessor, IQA, PAT Tester
Laura was born in Inverness and has lived all her life in Fort William, apart from her time in the Royal Navy. She attended Lochaber High School before joining the Royal Navy to become a Medic, she had the honour passing out from HMS Raleigh as part of the Guard. After the Navy she moved back home and offered her knowledge & skills to the local Sea Cadet Unit, T.S. St Christopher, as an instructor where she progressed to the unit’s Commanding Officer.
She has also been involved in the British Red Cross as a Volunteer from a very young age and has received a Commendation for Dedicated Service and the Voluntary Medical Service Medal & Bar from them. She, along with husband Paul, was a Trainer & Lead Volunteer for this Organisation and could be seen at many local events providing First Aid cover.
Laura’s career, before establishing Emergency Action Training, was in Hospitality giving her extensive knowledge in food & beverage service along with legal requirements for Health & Safety protocols.
As you can see Laura has experience in all she teaches from First Aid at events to Fire Fighting in the Navy.
If that’s not enough in September 2015 she opened a Girl Guide Unit in Caol, Fort William and was asked to take on the Brownies too, and now has been made a Guiding District Commissioner.
During the COVID19 lockdown Laura has qualified as a Mental Health First Aider & Mental Health First Aid Instructor, she is also studying for a qualification in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Trainer/Assessor, IQA, PAT Tester
Paul was born in Sussex and moved to Inverness at a young age, completing his secondary education at Inverness Royal Academy. He attended Inverness College UHI graduating with an HND in Hotel & Catering Management before entering the Hospitality Industry, working his way up from Kitchen Porter to Hotel General Manager in some very prestigious Hotels. As a Waiter he entered the Young Waiter of the Year competition and won the title of ‘Scottish Young Waiter of the Year’ from the Restaurateur’s Association of Great Britain.
Paul, as Laura, also served in the Royal Navy. In fact twice; firstly in the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service, until the service was disbandment, in the Port Head Quarters Branch, then in the Royal Naval Reserve based at HMS Scotia in Rosyth serving in the Logistics Branch. This was while he was working in Hotels in Inverness full time! When he moved to the Fort William area he wished to become part of the community and offered his services to the Sea Cadet Unit, T.S. St Christopher and became the Units 1st Lieutenant. Needless to say this is where he met Laura.
Not wishing to become bored Paul has been a member of the Royal Voluntary Service delivering Meals on Wheels and as the Lead for Emergency Feeding, a Qualified Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists and Lead Volunteer, Trainer & Chair of the Volunteer Council (North Scotland) for the British Red Cross. Paul has received a Commendation for Dedicated Service and the Voluntary Medical Service Medal from the British Red Cross.
During the COVID19 lockdown Paul has qualified as a Mental Health First Aider & Mental Health First Aid Instructor, he is also undertaking Open University short courses in Health & Safety and Medical subjects (in fact anything that grabs his attention!)
Debbie was born in Inverness and has lived all her young life in Fort William. She attended Lochaber High School leaving after 6th Year in 2018. You may have guessed by the name that Debbie is joining the family business, she is doing so to gain experience in teaching as she gains her degree.
Debbie is a Brownie & Girl Guide Leader along with Laura (a.k.a. Mum) and has started her training career by helping Jadzia, her younger sister to gain not only her Brownie First Aid and Fire Safety badges but also her Brownie Advanced First Aid Badge. Well done to both Girls on their achievements
During the COVID19 lockdown Debbie is continuing her University studies at home