Thirty medical and nursing students gave up a sunny Saturday to spend the day at Southampton General learning more about prehospital critical care. It’s a relatively new discipline and the thirty places on the course were snapped up within half an hour of being advertised online. The whole day was organised by Friends of Basics Hampshire – students who support the work of the volunteer emergency doctors who attend the critically ill and injured at the scene. After an overview of prehospital critical care, the students had a chance to work on three realistic scenarios and try (on specialist dummies) safe “packaging” of patients prior to ambulance transfer and intubation. The courses were given by BASICS Hampshire members and their colleagues from the South Central Ambulance Service.