First Responder, EMR and Instructor Development courses taught by paramedic educators

“Emergency Health Care Education by Emergency Health Care Professionals”

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For over 26 years the paramedic educators at Priority Care First Aid have been offering the best in First Responder, Emergency Medical Responder, First Aid and Instructor Development courses.  Our goal is to help learners become confident field providers, who provide exemplary patient care.

What is the Priority Care difference?

 

 

The student experience is at the forefront of everything that we do

Priority Care First Aid is an organization that endeavours to fully support our students, from the time of registration through to the successful completion of their course (and beyond as needed).  We do this by providing value added supports like pre-course communication, course specific study guides, online practice exams, private exam prep tutoring, etc.

Our goal, right from the time that you register, is to facilitate your needs as a learner however we can.

 

We are EMS professionals, who are also college trained educators and curriculum designers

Education is at the heart of everything that we do, so it is very important to us that we do it well.  To serve this goal, the instructors at Priority Care First Aid have completed numerous college level programs to strengthen their educational skills well beyond the minimum that is required.

Priority Care First Aid is also one of three Red Cross Instructor Development Centres here in the Vancouver area, and we are very proud to have supported instructor development here in BC since 2003 by working right up to the Master Instructor Trainer level.

 

Industry wide partnerships and experience

Our educators are veteran paramedics who have decades of experience working on ambulances here in BC.  They also have experience in many other areas, however, including:

  • Working in an educational leadership position with BCEHS (the provincial ambulance service), with direct involvement in research and curriculum development for paramedics throughout the province.
  • Teaching at the Justice Institute of BC (in their paramedic program).
  • Working as a WorkSafe BC First Aid Officer in support of the Occupational First Aid program.
  • Working as an Emergency and Operating room nurse.
  • Volunteering as a Search and Rescue Technician.
  • Consulting with various organizations and departments in support of their medical programs, including law enforcement, the fire services, the SAR community, and the military.

 

Nationally certified courses

All of our courses are developed by the Canadian Red Cross, who are the leading developers of First Aid and EMS courses here in Canada.  Red Cross courses are updated frequently to ensure that they deliver the best standards possible, and they include a wide variety of digital and print materials to support the student’s learning.  

 

Clean, modern, air conditioned classrooms

In 2010 Priority Care First Aid formed a partnership with Valley First Aid in Langley, and we have run our public enrolment courses there ever since.  Valley’s Langley location is a large 4 classroom facility, beautifully maintained, and designed specifically to enhance the student experience.

If you are looking to take an Occupational First Aid course we highly recommend contacting Valley First Aid!

 

Public and private group courses available

We regularly offer public enrolment First Responder, EMR, and Red Cross Instructor courses in our Langley classroom.

We are also happy to bring these courses, as well as our suite of first aid courses (Standard First Aid, Emergency First Aid, CPR and Child Care First Aid), to your location upon request.

Send us a message, we would love to work with you!

 

At Priority Care First Aid we offer the following courses:

First Responder Course (FR Level III with AED and Spinal):

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Are you interested in working as a professional first responder or firefighter? If so the Canadian Red Cross First Responder course is for you!

First Responders provide a vital link in the care of the ill and injured patient in the pre-hospital setting. First Responders are often the first professional health care provider that the patient may encounter, and provide invaluable care until emergency medical responders or paramedics arrive to provide more advanced care and transport the patient to the hospital.

In British Columbia first responders are usually firefighters, but also include police officers, search and rescue personnel, coast guard staff, and many others.

Upon succesful completion of our first responder course you will receive 3 year national first responder certification, certification in BLS level CPR, and will be eligible to examine with the British Columbia Emergency Assistant’s Licensing Board to obtain a license to practice in BC’s 911 system as a first responder.

Note:  All Priority Care First Aid First Responder courses INCLUDE your EMALB First Responder practical licensing exams at NO extra charge!

Click HERE to learn more about the First Responder course.

Click HERE to view upcoming course dates.

 

Emergency Medical Responder Bridging Courses (FR to EMR and OFA-3 to EMR Upgrading):

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Are you interested in a career as a paramedic, or interested in furthering your advanced first aid knowledge beyond the first responder or occupational first aid level? If so the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is the right course for you!

Emergency Medical Responder is the base level of care provided by the BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) in rural and remote areas, and is the starting point for a career in paramedicine. In these areas Emergency Medical Responders provide a vital link in the care of the ill and injured patient in the pre-hospital setting, providing life saving aid and transportation to the hospital. Outside of paramedicine EMRs also work providing care at large public events, in the oil patch, for some fire departments and Search and Rescue organizations, etc.

EMR is also the pre-requisite to furthering your education in the paramedic field.

Upon succesful completion of our emergency medical responder course or EMR Bridging course you will receive 3 year national EMR certification, including certification in BLS level CPR, and you will be eligible to examine with the British Columbia Emergency Assistant’s Licensing Board to obtain a license to practice in BC’s 911 system as an EMR.

Click HERE to learn more about the Emergency Medical Responder Bridging course.

Click HERE to view upcoming course dates.

 

Canadian Red Cross First Aid & CPR Instructor Courses:

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Ever wondered how to become certified as a Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR / AED instructor?

Priority Care First Aid are leaders in the delivery of instructor development programs. Our Instructor Trainers and Master Instructor Trainers have decades of experience training new instructors and working directly with the Canadian Red Cross in areas such as course design.

We offer full instructor courses for new instructor candidates, instructor transfer courses for people who currently teach in another capacity (such as for The LifeSaving Society, St. John Ambulance, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Water Safety programs, etc) and wish to transfer to the Red Cross program, and instructor recertification courses for existing Canadian Red Cross instructors.

Click HERE to learn more about the Red Cross Instructor Development program.

Click HERE to learn more about the Red Cross Instructor Recertification program.

Click HERE to view upcoming course dates.

 

Standard First Aid with CPR-C:

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Standard First Aid is a 16 hour course that covers the assessment and treatment of life threatening conditions, as well as the more “day to day” inuries and illnesses you may encounter. Topics covered include peparing to respond to injuries, patient assessment, managing airway obstructions, managing common respiratory conditions (i.e. asthma), care of heart attack and stroke patients, CPR and AED use, controlling deadly bleeding, caring for shock, caring for head and spinal injuries, splinting, wound care, the care of sudden medical conditions, environmental emergencies, and poisonings.

This course is offered for groups of 8 or more.  Click HERE to book a group course.

 

Emergency First Aid with CPR-C:

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Emergency First Aid is an 8 hour course that covers the assessment and treatment of life threatening conditions.

Topics covered include preparing to respond, patient assessment, managing airway obstructions, managing common respiratory conditions (i.e. asthma), the care of heart attack and stroke patients, CPR and AED use, controlling deadly bleeding, and the care of patients in shock.

This course is offered for groups of 8 or more.  Click HERE to book a group course.

 

CPR Certification and CPR Recertification Courses (CPR A, C, and Basic Life Support):

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CPR Level A and C courses cover the assessment and treatment of life threatening conditions. Topics covered include preparing to respond, patient assessment, managing airway obstructions, the care of heart conditions (angina, heart attack) and strokes, and CPR and AED use. These courses range from 4-6 hours in length.

The Basic Life Support course, with airway management and oxygen administration modules, is a 6-8 hour program targeted towards health care providers who may be required to resuscitate patients.  The program is appropriate for paramedics, nurses, doctors, and other allied health care professionals such as respiratory therapists.  During the course you will learn how to perform high performance CPR in a team setting, using equipment found in the emergency health care setting.

Both CPR certification and CPR recertification (recert) courses are available.

This course is offered for groups of 8 or more.  Click HERE to book a group course.

 

Child Care First Aid with CPR-B:

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Child Care First Aid is an 8 hour course that focuses on the care of pediatric patients. In this course you will learn about the assessment and treatment of life threatening conditions, as well as the more “day to day” inuries and illnesses that children encounter. Topics covered include preparing to respond, patient assessment, managing airway obstructions, managing common respiratory conditions (i.e. asthma, croup, epiglottitis), CPR and AED use, controlling deadly bleeding, caring for shock, the care of head and spinal injuries (including shaken baby syndrome), splinting, wound care, the care of sudden medical conditions, environmental emergencies, poisonings, the recognition of child abuse, and child safety.

The Child Care First Aid course is perfect for new parents, grandparents, child guardians, babysitters, daycare workers and early childhood educators.

This course is offered for groups of 8 or more.  Click HERE to book a group course.

 

Priority Care First Aid conducts First Aid, CPR, AED, First Responder, Emergency Medical Responder and instructor courses throughout the Greater Vancouver area (Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Langley, Cloverdale, Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Richmond, North Vancouver, West Vancouver) and the Fraser Valley (Mission, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

 

 

Upcoming Courses:

COVID-19:

As emergency health care providers we take our student’s safety very seriously, and all of our classes are delivered in accordance with advice from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC and the Canadian Red Cross.  

Some steps we are taking include:

 1) All students must arrive at the school with an appropriate face mask for times where social distancing is not possible.  

2) All students will complete a COVID-19 screening prior to entering the facility.  

3) Class size has been reduced to 9 students per class only, and seating has been spread out to allow for social distancing.  

4) Hand sanitizer will be available in all classroom locations, and a strict facility cleaning schedule will be followed.  

5) First Responder and EMR students must purchase their own stethoscopes (this can be done through a variety of vendors… please contact us if you require assistance).  

6) Classroom activities will be modified, where allowable, to reduce direct student contact.

7) Face shields and gloves will be worn, in addition to face masks, when students are working in direct contact.  These practices will follow current field practice used by paramedics and other emergency health care providers.

We look forward to working with you in the classroom soon.  In the meantime, please continue to take steps to keep yourself, your family and your community safe!

Sincerely,

Priority Care First Aid