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Laura was born in Inverness. She 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 and had the honour of 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. They could be seen at many local events providing First Aid cover.

Laura’s career, before establishing Emergency Action Training, was in Hospitality. This gives 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 Rainbows & Brownies too. She has now been made a Guiding District Commissioner.

During the COVID19 lockdown Laura qualified as a Mental Health First Aider & Mental Health First Aid Instructor, gained a qualification in Awareness of Mental Health Problems and is presently studying for a Degree with the OU

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Paul was born in Sussex. He 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 (previously known as the WRVS) delivering Meals on Wheels and as the Lead for Emergency Feeding, receiving the WRVS Long Service Medal and Bar, 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 qualified as a Mental Health First Aider & Mental Health First Aid Instructor, he also undertook Open University short courses in Health & Safety and Medical subjects with the intention of starting an Open Degree with the OU in 2023.

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