First responder course

Duration: 40 hrs / Cost: $750.32

Comprehensive first aid and CPR skills for professional first responders or those training to become first responders. 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.


Professionals in a fire service, rescue team, workplace response team, sports-medicine professionals, lifeguards and ski patrol.

Prerequisites: None


  • Successfully demonstrate the required skills

  • Minimum 75% mark for written, closed book, knowledge evaluation

  • Successfully complete minimum of one practical scenario

  • Attend and participate in 100% of the course



3-year certification in first responder (digital certificate issued upon successful completion)


Course 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


Includes any other content required by specific legislation

Participant Materials            

  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text

  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Workbook (optional

Next available dates:

April 29, 2021 - May 2, 2021

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