First Responder

A First Responder Course (FR) is a forty-hour, comprehensive First Aid and CPR skills for professional first responders or those training to become first responders. The course teaches the patient assessment model, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hemorrhage control, and care for a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Participants will be engaged in dynamic training techniques including video, media presentations, skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions and scenarios based on real-life situations.


Course Time: minimum 40 hours scheduling, requiring 100% attendance; recertification requiring 20 hours

Prerequisite for this course: none

Certification: 3-year certification in First Responder (digital certificate issued upon successful completion)

Manuals: Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text


An FR Course includes the following content:

  • The Professional Responder
  • Responding to the call
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assessment
  • Airway management and respiratory emergencies
  • Circulatory emergencies
  • Shock
  • Hemorrhage and soft tissue trauma
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Acute and chronic illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Environmental illnesses
  • Pregnancy, labour and delivery
  • Special populations
  • Crisis intervention
  • Reaching, lifting and extricating patients
  • Multiple-casualty incidents

Training Guidelines – FR