News — 14 April 2015

A parent’s worst fear is not knowing what to do in a family medical emergency.

This was the case for Peter Finnegan who set up Parents First Aid after his two year old son Robbie almost choked in 2014. Thanks to the quick actions of Peter’s wife, they were able to save Robbie from choking on a piece of dried fruit that had lodged in his throat. “When the incident happened and Robbie was gasping for his breath, I just froze and went into a state of panic”, says Peter. “My wife Helen had seen something briefly on TV the previous week on toddler choking and employed the choking technique. Luckily for us it worked and Robbie coughed up the fruit. I swore I would never be in that position again”, continued Peter.

Peter and Helen had looked around for First Aid courses in their locality but couldn’t find anything appropriate, so Peter decided to set up Parent First Aid. Peter has a background in training & development and contacted an associate, Jeff Kennedy, who along with other Parent First Aid trainers is highly qualified and also active emergency service professional. As a Dublin Fire Fighter/Paramedic, Jeff was delighted to come on board as he all too often sees the real life events of infant and toddler medical emergencies.

The take-up rate on Parents First Aid courses being rolled out across Dublin has been phenomenal. Course feedback has been excellent not only from parents but also from Carers of children who have attended the courses – ‘The best investment I could make in my family. I discovered that what I thought would be the right way to react in an emergency could have actually had disastrous consequences. An absolute must for all adults and a really brilliant trainer. Thank you. M. Richardson.

The insightful two-hour course was designed specifically for busy parents and Carers of children, who just don’t have the time to sit a one day course. In this two hour hands-on course, participants will learn life saving techniques such as: Baby/Toddler CPR, Baby/Toddler Choking, Burns/Scalds, Meningitis, Seizures plus other critical areas of concern that are raised on the evening. For this level of specialized training a fee of only €30 per person, makes this course is a must for all Parents and Child Carers

Parent First Aid is currently running courses across Leinster with requests coming in from new locations each week. Full details of the course and location dates can be found  at or their Facebook page

Peter Finnegan can be contacted on 087 245 3387 or email him at


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