What lower mainland fire departments use the Red Cross First Responder course?
The Red Cross First Responder course is the most commonly used FR course in the lower mainland. Currently it is used by the following departments:
- Abbotsford Fire & Rescue Service
- Coquitlam Fire & Rescue Service
- Port Coquitlam Fire and Rescue
- Delta Fire & Emergency Services
- Harrison Hot Springs
- Langley Township Fire Department
- Langley City Fire & Rescue
- New Westminster Fire & Rescue Services
- North Vancouver Fire Department
- Port Moody
- Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services
- West Vancouver Fire & Rescue
And the list continues to grow.
When you take your First Responder course with Priority Care First Aid you will receive your national certification AND your EMALB first responder level 3 licensing exams…. preparing you to the same standard used by these departments!
What is the difference between being certified, and being licensed?
Great question, and one directly relevant to our pre-hospital care courses! In simple terms….
Certification demonstrates that you have successfully completed a program of instruction in a given subject matter. In terms of the Red Cross First Aid Programs, your certificate demonstrates that you have completed a course taught to the national standards.
Virtually all “professionals” requiring licensing. Lawyers, Health Care providers, Teachers, etc.
Licensure, usually obtained via exam through an industry specific regulatory body, ensures that the license holder is competent to perform their trade. It is an additional level of due diligence, if you will.
In Canada, emergency service workers within the 911 system are usually obligated by law to be licensed. Each Province is responsible for determining the standard of care provided by licensed emergency service workers. In BC, these exams are conducted by the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (the EMALB). Successful completion of EMALB licensing exams provides official permission to employ FR or EMR skills as an emergency services worker when working for an employer within the system. If you move from one province to the next and wish to continue working within their 911 system you would be required to become licensed within your new province also.
Do I need to be licensed?
It can be a bit confusing, as it all depends on what your goal is. There are times where you only need to be certified, and times where you may need to be licensed too. For example:
I wish to work in the 911 system as an FR or EMR:
I want to obtain my EMR as a pre-requisite to attend PCP training:
NOT USUALLY. Training institutions usually require a certificate to show proof of pre-requisite, not a license.
I want my EMR to provide medical coverage at an event:
IT DEPENDS. This would be entirely based on the needs of the company you are working for.
How do I become licensed in BC as a First Responder?
All of Priority Care First Aid’s First Responder courses INCLUDE the EMALB licensing exams at no extra charge. When you are complete in the course you simply apply online through the EMALB’s website for your license (also at no charge).
How do I become licensed in BC as an EMR?
The exams for all levels of pre-hospital care beyond First Responder (EMR, PCP, ACP, CCP) are conducted directly by the EMALB, who have examination sites throughout the province.
They charge an additional fee for these exams, which is separate and distinct from the course you took from your training provider.
The Red Cross currently has two programs recognized by the EMALB to send EMR Students to Exam:
The full EMR course.
The EMR Bridging Course.
Students who complete either of the above two programs are eligible for EMALB licensing exams.
The process for EMR students who have successfully been certified in an EMR program recognized by the EMALB is to obtain their certificate, apply online for an exam date, then complete the EMALB exam process.
I am applying to several fire departments, and they state that I need my First Responder level 3 LICENSE, not just the First Responder level 3 certificate. Do you provide this, and what is the additional cost?
ALL Priority Care First Aid First Responder courses INCLUDE the Emergency Medical Assistant’s Licensing Board (EMALB) First Responder exams at NO EXTRA CHARGE!
When you complete your First Responder training with Priority Care First Aid you will receive a national First Responder certificate from the Canadian Red Cross, which covers all content in the First Responder Level 3 course (including AED and spinal). At the end of this course will will conduct the EMALB licensing exams for you, and upon successful completion instruct you on how to apply for your First Responder license which is what the Fire Departments are looking for.
Again, this is ALL included in our $575 price. There are No extra costs!
Do you offer the Red Cross First Responder course in the Vancouver area?
We do! We actually offer the First Responder course at various locations throughout Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Our most common course location near Vancouver is in Burnaby. We also often offer First Responder courses in Langley, covering the Fraser Valley area.
Please see our Upcoming Courses page for current course offerings.
I am a current Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor in Vancouver. I am coming to the end of my three year certification. What do I have to do to re-certify?
Prior to the end of your three year certification cycle you must attend an 8 hour Red Cross First Aid Instructor Recertification Course.
This course is broken down into three sections:
All First Aid and CPR/AED skills will be reviewed to ensure consistency with the Canadian Red Cross First Aid Program.
New information regarding program changes, program updates, legislative changes, etc will be discussed.
Each recertification cycle contains a professional development session to help grow Red Cross First Aid instructors.
More information about our Red Cross First Aid Instructor Recertification Courses can be found here:
I am a St. John Ambulance First Aid and CPR Instructor, and I would like to transfer to become a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor. What is the process?
If you are currently a qualified St. John Ambulance First Aid Instructor you qualify to enrol in a Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor Transfer Course.
This course is a 20 hour workshop, designed to build on your existing instructional skills and knowledge, ensure you are fully aware of how to perform the skills as per the Red Cross First Aid program, and to orient you to the various first aid courses offered by the Canadian Red Cross.
More information on transferring your St. John Ambulance First Aid Instructor qualifications to the Red Cross by attending the First Aid Instructor Transfer course can be found here:
I currently work in the aquatics field here in Vancouver, working as both a qualified lifeguard (NLS certified) and a Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI). I would like to begin teaching Canadian Red Cross first aid and CPR courses. How do I transfer my current instructor certification to the Red Cross First Aid Instructor Program? Is there are First Aid Instructor Transfer Course?
Yes! Your Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification would qualify you for the Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR / AED instructor transfer course. You would also need to be at least 18 years of age, and possess a current Standard First Aid with CPR-HCP certificate.
I am interested in taking a Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor Course, and was wondering who the instructor would be?
Your Red Cross First Aid Instructor Course, First Aid Instructor Transfer Course, or First Aid Instructor Recertification course will be taught by either a Master Instructor Trainer, or an Instructor Trainer.
Instructor trainers are veteran Red Cross first aid instructors who have taken additional training with the Red Cross to teach instructor schools, learning how to impart best practices for adult education. Master instructor trainers are very experienced ITs who act in a leadership role within the Canadian Red Cross first aid program.
The Canadian Red Cross works on a third party delivery model, meaning that Training Providers certified by the Red Cross offer training on behalf of the Red Cross. At Priority Care First Aid your instructor development course will be taught by a Master Instructor Trainer.
I am booked for an upcoming Canadian Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED Instructor Course. I want to be completely prepared. Do you have any advice?
This is an excellent question. Here are some of our thoughts:
1) Pick up your course materials as soon as you can. The more time you have to familiarize yourself with these materials the better!
2) The Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR / AED Instructor course is about how to teach. The focus is on adult education and the effective delivery of first aid courses. There is an expectation that you will enter the instructor course with strong first aid and CPR skills. All of the skills are clearly depicted in both of the student textbooks (the CPR/AED Manual and the First Aid & CPR Manual). There are also key points in your instructor guide, as well as video based demonstrations on the multi media presentation. Practice hard to ensure consistency with these materials.
3) As mentioned above, completely familiarize yourself with all of the content of the student and instructor resources you are provided. Be clear on the Red Cross standards, as opposed to St. John Ambulance, The Lifesaving Society, the Canadian Ski Patrol, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, WorkSafe BC, etc. Each organization does things a little bit differently and it is important to always teach Red Cross courses consistent with the Red Cross course materials.
4) Plan out your assigned teaching presentations before your instructor course. You will probably end up modifying them based on things you learn in the instructor school, but getting the heavy lifting done before your instructor course will take a lot of the pressure off.