First Responder

A First Responder Course (FR) is a forty hour, comprehensive course intended for those looking to be a professional First Responder or refreshing their skills while working in the industry. This course teaching techniques required for sustaining life, preventing additional harm to patients, responding to a variety of emergencies, and caring for illnesses and injuries until a more advanced medical personnel arrives on the scene.


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

Prerequisite for this course: CPR Level C

Certification: The FR course provides a three year certification; CPR HCP

Manuals: Emergency Care Manual and appropriate addenda


An FR Course includes the following content:

  • 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
  • Part 3 – Traumatic Injuries
    • Soft tissue injuries
    • Musculoskeletal injuries
    • Head and spine injuries
    • Chest, abdominal, and pelvic injuries
  • Part 4 – Medical Emergencies
    • Sudden illnesses
    • Poisoning
    • Heat- and cold-related emergencies
  • Part 5 – Special Populations and Situations
    • Special populations and crisis intervention
    • Childbirth
    • Reaching and moving people
    • Multiple casualty incidents
    • Transportation
    • Workplace


Training Guidelines – FR