How much experience do I need to become a first aid instructor?
The pre-requisites to become a new first aid instructor are to:
- be at least 18 years of age
- hold a valid Standard First Aid with CPR-HCP certificate
The Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR / AED instructor course will then give you the skills you will need to teach effectively.
There are several things you can do to strengthen your skills and knowledge though:
- Take advanced first aid courses to strengthen your knowledge of first aid. We highly recommend the Red Cross First Responder course as an excellent starting point.
- We always recommend auditing or co-teaching with experienced Red Cross first aid instructors.
- If you would like to further your understanding if adult education you should look into the Vancouver Community College School of Instruction. Their website is www.instructordiploma.com
I am currently certified or licensed at the First Responder level. Is there a bridging course I can take to upgrade my FR3 to the EMR level?
Yes, absolutely! First Responder Level 3 is the highest level of First Responder certification or licensure you can receive in British Columbia, and we recognize the hard work you have put into achieving this certification.
The EMR Bridging Coure is a 60 hour course (pre-read and classroom time) that bridges your FR3 knowledge to the EMR level. It does not re-teach content already learned in your FR3 course, but teaches the EMR information you have not learned to round out your knowledge base.
Upon successful completion you will receive national certification at the Emergency Medical Responder level, and will also be eligible to take your EMALB Licensing exams if you so desire.
For more information on our FR3 to EMR Bridging Course please click HERE.
I currently have my WorkSafe BC OFA-3 (Occupational Level 3) certificate. Can I upgrade my OFA-3 certificate to the EMR level?
The OFA-3 to EMR Bridging Course is currently under review by the EMALB for eligibility to attend licensing exams in British Columbia. At this time, however, this review is NOT complete.
Should I take the First Responder course if I want to be a firefighter?
Yes! Fire departments within British columbia (The Vancouver Fire Department, The Burnaby Fire Department, The Coquitlam Fire Department, The New Westminster Fire Department, The Port Moody Fire Department, The Pitt Meadows Fire Department, The Maple Ridge Fire Department, The Langley Fire Department, The Surrey Fire Department, The White Rock Fire Department, The Richmond Fire Department, etc) practice at the First Responder Level 3 with Spinal and AED endorsement level.
Completing your Canadian Red Cross First Responder course with Priority Care First Aid, which also includes your Emergency Medical Assistant’s Licensing Board exams (the EMALB) Qualifies you at this level (FR 3), which means you are fully qualified as a fire department First Responder when you apply!
I am an Occupational First Aid Level 3 (OFA-3) ticket holder. What is the difference between the Red Cross First Responder course and the Occupational First Aid (OFA) courses?
The WorkSafe BC Occupational First Aid program was designed specifically to focus on the needs of injured workers. The vast majority of the course focuses on assessing and managing traumatic injuries in the workplace, and the training is tailored to that environment. An example of this is the delegation of tasks to others on the accident scene. Because a workplace typically only has one trained Occupational First Aid attendant students are taught that all people assisting on the call are untrained. This is a realistic assumption in the workplace, but one that impacts how the patient management occurs. The Occupational First Aid courses also do not include specific training on pediatric emergencies, because workers are usually adults.
The Red Cross First Responder course was designed to train professional responders working in a wide variety of environments, including working within the 911 system, to respond to emergencies of all natures.
Because of this the course focuses on a wide range of medical and traumatic emergencies, including pediatrics, childbirth, etc. First Responders are taught to work in teams to provide optimal care. The patient assessment model is flexible, to reflect the realities of calls that occur in ever changing environments.
I have heard so many different names applied to the First Responder Course. What is the difference between an FR, a First Responder, an FR 1, FR 2, FR 3, First Responder level 1, First Responder Level 2, First Responder Level 3, First Responder Level I, First Responder Level II, First Responder Level III? I have heard of First Responder Level 3 with Spinal and AED endorsements. What is the First Responder Provider Course, or the Canadian Red Cross First Responder Course?
It can be very confusing, can’t it?
The First Responder program in British Columbia started in 1989, to provide a basic level of professional medical care to pre-hospital care patients until the BC Ambulance Service paramedics arrived.
Initially this program provided 3 levels of First Responder. First Responder Level 1 was a one day course, First Responder Level 2 was a two day course, and First Responder Level 3 was a four day course. Two endorsements were later added: a 16 hour Spinal Management endorsement, and a 4 hour AED endorsement.
Over the last few years there has been a movement to simply have one comprehensive level of First Responder care that combines all of these levels. Certain training agencies have named this combined level First Responder Provider.
At Priority Care First Aid we offer the Canadian Red Cross First Responder Course. This comprehensive course exceeds the content of the British Columbia First Responder Level III (3) with Spinal and AED endorsements, or what is now called by some First Responder Provider.
Indeed, the vast majority of career fire departments in British Columbia now use the Red Cross First Responder program as their program of choice. When you complete this course with Priority Care First Aid, which includes your provincial licensing exams, you will be more than ready to provide quality First Responder care!
First Responders play a vital role in the EMS system, providing professional care until paramedics arrive to care for the patient.
During the course you will learn how to:
- Control emergency scenes
- Conduct detailed patient assessments on medical and trauma patients
- Manage life threatening airway, breathing and circulation emergencies
- Obtain the patient’s vital signs and medical history
- Stabilize and treat head and spinal injuries, fractures, and soft tissue injuries
- Manage patients experiencing medical emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetic emergencies, seizures, overdoses, asthma attacks, etc
- Hand the patient off to the paramedics when they arrive
For a complete list of what is taught in the Canadian Red Cross First Responder Course please click HERE.