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Emergency Medical Responder

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Course provides the knowledge and skills that are 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 CPR level HCP and AED.
Meets the Paramedic Association of Canada National Occupational Competency Profiles for the practitioner level of emergency medical responder (EMR)



  • Minimum 80 hours (40-60-hour upgrade course for current Red Cross First Responders or equivalent)


  • Red Cross First Responder Instructor or Instructor Trainer


  • Standard First Aid with CPR Level C


  • 100% attendance, skills demonstration, 2 evaluated scenarios, and 80% min. passing grade on written exam


  • 3-year certification in Emergency Medical Responder, CPR Level HCP, and AED


20 hours; includes CPR Level HCP

  • 20–24 hours; includes CPR Level HCP


  • Red Cross Emergency Care Manual
  • Red Cross Emergency Care Workbook
  • Certification card and optional wall certificate (or as required by legislation)


Part 1 – The Responder

  • The responder
  • The emergency scene
  • Preventing disease transmission

Part 2 – Establishing Priorities of Care

  • Human body systems
  • Assessment
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Airway and ventilation
  • Circulatory emergencies
  • Bleeding
  • Shock

Part 3 – 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
  • Childbirth
  • Crisis intervention
  • Reaching and moving people
  • Multiple casualty incidents

  Includes CPR HCP and any other content required by specific legislation