First Responder, EMR and Instructor Development courses in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

“Emergency Health Care Education by Emergency Health Care Professionals”

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Priority Care First Aid delivers high quality First Aid, CPR, AED, First Responder, Emergency Medical Responder and Instructor Development courses.

Our instructors have decades of experience teaching AND working as paramedics, firefighters, SAR personnel, nurses, etc.  We use modern educational strategies that make learning fun and informative, but equally important is that we have used these skills over and over again while caring for real patients.  Whether you require an occupational first aid course for work,  are taking a course to learn how to save a loved one, or are planning a career in the emergency services our classes will be right for you.

All certification for our courses comes from the Canadian Red Cross and is valid for 3 years. All of our First Aid, CPR and AED courses follow the latest standards put out by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), the Canadian Red Cross (CRC),  and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC).

Your organization can schedule a group course on your site, or in one of our classrooms. You won’t be disappointed!

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 CPR level HCP, and will be elegible 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. We will arrange this exam for you!

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

Emergency Medical Responder Courses (EMR):

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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 CPR level HCP.

NOTE:  The EMALB has approved the Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder Program.  Students who have obtained their EMR certificate by taking either the full course, or by taking  the EMR Bridging course, are eligible for licensing exams.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

COVID-19 Update:

Priority Care First Aid has now resumed in class training.  As emergency health care providers we take our student’s safety very seriously, so all classes will be 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 seeing you back in the classroom.  In the meantime, please continue to take steps to keep yourself, your family and your community safe!

Sincerely,

Priority Care First Aid

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