The Canadian Red Cross First Responder program is a 40-44 hour course, designed to teach students the knowledge and skills required by a professional first responder.
Often serving as the first professional health care provider that a patient may encounter, first responders provide invaluable care until emergency medical responders or paramedics arrive to provide more advanced care and transport the patient to the hospital.
Who is this course appropriate for?
In British Columbia the role of the first responder in the 911 system is most often filled by firefighters working for municipal volunteer and career fire departments. Additionally, police officers, coast guard staff, and search and rescue personnel also fill the role of first responders.
Outside of the 911 system athletic therapists, disaster team members, emergency management personnel, first aid attendants, industrial safety personnel, and ski patrollers also fill the important role of first responders.
Are you interested in a career as a firefighter? Most fire departments require you to become certified and licensed as a first responder prior to applying with their department for a firefighter position. Successful completion of the first responder course with us will provide you with the medical qualifications you need on your application to become a career firefighter in British Columbia!
About the First Responder course:
Your course will be taught by paramedics with decades of experience. The course provides a mix of lecture, group activities, practical skill stations and practical scenario practice, allowing you to learn and practice first responder skills while working with pre-hospital care providers (paramedics) who have done thousands of 911 calls.
During the course you will work with the same equipment currently used by providers in British Columbia’s 911 system (fire fighters and paramedics from the BC Ambulance Service). This will allow you to gain comfort and experience using the best first responder equipment available.
By the end of this course you will feel confident responding to care for car accident victims, people experiencing heart attacks, patients with fractures and spinal injuries, unconscious diabetics, and many more!
What will I learn about in this course?
- The Professional Responder
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Prevention of Disease Transmission
- Managing the Emergency Scene
- Patient Assessment (primary and secondary survey, including blood pressure assessment)
- Airway & Ventilation (including the use of oral airways, suction, oxygen therapy, pocket and bag valve masks)
- Respiratory Emergencies (including assisting with patient medications for asthma and anaphylaxis)
- Circulation Emergencies (including care of the chest pain patient, assisting with patient medications for chest pain, CPR and AED use)
- Shock & Bleeding (including tourniquet application)
- Head & spine injuries (including spinal rolls, helmet removal, hard collar application and spinal immobilization)
- Chest, Abdominal, and Pelvic Injuries
- Fractures & sprains
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Sudden Medical Emergencies (including managing the diabetic patient)
- Environmental emergencies
- Special Populations
- Crisis Intervention
- Reaching & Moving People
- Multiple Casualty Incidents
What do I need to do to pass?
Successful completion of the Canadian Red Cross First Responder Course is based on 100% attendance, completion of two practical scenarios (one medical and one trauma), and a 75% or better mark on a knowledge examination.
How long is the certificate good for?
Upon successful completion of the Canadian Red Cross First Responder course you will receive certification in First Responder, BLS CPR, and AED Use. These certifications are valid for 3 years, and are nationally recognized.
What is Licensing?
In British Columbia professional first responders working in the 911 system must be licensed to provide patient care by the Emergency Medical Assistant’s Licensing Board. Upon successful completion of your first responder course we will conduct the practical licensing exams for you, so you will be ready to write licensing’s written exam and move on to providing care when working as a first responder or firefighter in BC!
Note: All Priority Care First Aid First Responder courses also INCLUDE your EMALB First Responder practical licensing exams at NO extra charge!
More information on becoming licensed as a first responder in BC can be found on the Emergency Medical Assistant’s Licensing Board’s website HERE.
How much does this course cost?
The First Responder course costs $675 per participant (this price will increase to $695 in 2021), which includes all taxes and the full colour Emergency Care manual (456 pages).
How do I register for a course?
We offer our First Responder courses in two formats:
- A full time Monday – Friday course
- Over two weekends, with class in session on Friday evening, all day Saturday and all day Sunday
Our First Responder courses are also offered on a group course basis, and are available to groups of 8 or more 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).
To book a First Responder group course for a group of 8 or more please CONTACT US.