Emergency Medical Responder

80-120 hours
  40-60-hour to upgrade from First Responder Certification

This is a specialized course.  Please contact Fiona for more details.


Course Description

Course provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness for those functioning as a member of the health care team in a pre-hospital setting.

Course is for those providing a professional level of emergency response including firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and emergency medical services personnel. Includes Basic Life Saving (BLS) and AED. Meets the Paramedic Association of Canada National Occupational Competency Profiles for the practitioner level of emergency medical responder (EMR).

Please note: All First Aid programs now must add an additional $10 Training Pack for safety practices. These packs include:

  • pocket mask with one-way valve
  • gloves
  • two triangular bandages

Topics Included

The same outline as the First Responder, covered at a more in-depth level as well as increasing the skill set.

Part 1 – Preparing to Respond

  • The responder
  • The emergency scene
  • Preventing disease transmission

Part 2 – Establishing Priorities of Care

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assessment
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Airway and ventilation
  • Circulatory emergencies
  • Bleeding
  • Shock

Traumatic Injuries

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Chest, abdominal, and pelvic injuries

Medical Emergencies

  • Sudden illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Heat and cold-related emergencies

Special Populations and Situations

  • Special populations and crisis intervention
  • Childbirth
  • Reaching and moving people
  • Multiple casualty incidents
  • Transportation
  • Workplace