Emma heads training in Hampshire

Emma Smart, Hampshire Commissioner Trainning

A volunteer first aider has become Head of the St John Ambulance Training team for Hampshire.

First aid projects

Emma Smart, 32, has been a loyal member of the charity for 20 years since joining as a 12-year-old cadet.

She now joins other volunteers on the Winchester-based management team, who oversee the charity’s first aid projects and its 1000 members across the county.

First aid is such an important skill and I would like to make a difference to people’s lives.

Emma Smart
Commissioner Training, Hampshire

Emma has worked her way up through the voluntary ranks of St John Ambulance and for several years ran the local first aid branch at Fordingbridge and Ringwood. 

Two years ago she launched the group’s Badger Sett for children aged between five and ten, which continues to thrive.

She said: ‘I am really looking forward to my new role.  First aid is such an important skill and I would like to make a difference to people’s lives by encouraging more members of the community to become lifesavers.’

The charity is planning a series of Community First Aid courses in Hampshire during the spring and autumn.  The three-hour courses teach Emergency Lifesaving skills.

Emma also works as a First Aid trainer for the South West region of St John Ambulance, providing Health and Safety Executive endorsed courses.

Away from first aid, Emma plays the tuba for the Verwood Concert Brass band.