CPR and First-aid Courses

The Vancouver Firefighters Community CPR + First Aid program is an authorized provider of CPR and first-aid programs. Through our affiliation with The Heart & Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Canadian Red Cross, we are able to offer a wide range of CPR and first-aid training and certification.


Private Group Courses

Our upcoming courses are listed below, but we are also able to schedule all of these courses as private group training. If you are looking for a specific course or certification for your group, we are probably able to deliver it. Please click here to contact our program coordinator to discuss your requirements.


Firefighter First Responder Training

We offer First Responder certification and licensing for those pursuing a career in firefighting. Re-certification courses are also available.

For more information and to register go to the First Responder page


Save Somebodys Life Course

1¼-1½ hours


Exclusive to our program, this is our most popular course. The Save Somebody's Life course teaches simple first-aid skills to handle just about any medical emergency in just over an hour. This course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn basic life saving skills, but does not require formal 'certification'. Training focuses on the basic skills needed in the first few minutes following an emergency and includes lots of practice scenarios.

Topics covered:
  • Safety
  • The Emergency Response Plan
  • Emergency bleeding
  • CPR
  • Choking
Cost: $200.00 (+GST) Groups up to 18


*No courses are currently available for sign-up
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Cpr For Life Course

About 15 minutes


The CPR For Life course is designed for presentation to large groups, or in conjunction with a meeting or seminar. It provides people with simple chest-compression (CPR) skills aimed at giving life-saving CPR to their own family at home. The whole course only takes about 15-20 minutes including practice.

Note: We only run this course for groups or organizations by request.

Topics covered:
  • Recognizing a medical emergency
  • CPR
Cost: (Group Rates: Please contact our Program Coordinator.)


*No courses are currently available for sign-up
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Cpr Certification Level A Course

4 hours


CPR Certification is for those wishing to have certification to put on their résumé, or who need certification as a requirement for their work. The certification courses teach comprehensive medical emergency management, including how to use an 'AED' or 'Automatic External Defibrilator'. All students must complete a short written exam, and on completion of the course receive an internationally recognized certificate.

Level A includes skills for 'adults' - patients 8 years and older. The level A course takes 4 hours including a short written exam.

Topics covered:
  • Safety
  • The Emergency Response Plan
  • Emergency bleeding
  • CPR
  • AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
  • Choking
Cost: $55.00 (+GST)


*No courses are currently available for sign-up
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Cpr Certification Level C Course

5 hours


CPR Certification is for those wishing to have certification to put on their résumé, or who need certification as a requirement for their work. The certification courses teach comprehensive medical emergency management, including how to use an AED or Automatic External Defibrilator. All students must complete a short written exam, and on completion of the course receive an internationally recognized certificate.

Level C includes skills for patients of all ages - infants, children, and adults. The level C course takes 5 hours including a short written exam.

Topics covered:
  • All of the skills in Level A:
    • Safety
    • The Emergency Response Plan
    • Emergency bleeding
    • CPR
    • AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
    • Choking
  • Plus:
    • CPR, AED, choking and First-aid for Children
    • CPR, choking and First-aid for Babies
Cost: $70.00 (+GST)


Upcoming Dates:


Saturday July 9 - 8am-2:00pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Saturday July 23 - 8am-2pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Saturday August 6 - 8am-2pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Saturday August 20 - 8am-5pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Saturday September 10 - 8am-2pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Saturday September 24 - 8am-5pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open




Cpr Level C Re-certification Course

4 hours


This course is for people who have taken CPR C within the last 3 years to renew their certification. Because this is a re-certification you must have a current CPR C certificate to take this course.

View the Course Brochure

Cost: $55.00 (+GST)


*No courses are currently available for sign-up
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Healthcare Provider Cpr Certification

5 hours


CPR HCP level is designed specifically for healthcare providers who may be expected to give CPR in a clinical environment. It includes all of the skills in level C plus use of bag-valve-masks.

View the Course Brochure

Cost: $75.00 (+GST)


Upcoming Dates:


Saturday July 9 - 8am-3pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Saturday 6 August - 8am-3pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Saturday September 10 - 8am-3pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open




Healthcare Provider CPR Re-certification Course

4 hours


This course is for healthcare professionals to maintain their CPR certification. Because this is a re-certification you must have a current CPR HCP certificate to take this course.

View the Course Brochure

Cost: $50.00 (+GST)


*No courses are currently available for sign-up
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Babysitter Course

8 Hours


For many young adolescents, babysitting is their first job, and the Red Cross can help them become real pros!

View the Course Brochure

Topics covered:
  • Feed a baby or change a diaper
  • Prepare a simple meal
  • Play games with children of all ages
  • Prevent injuries and keep children safe
  • Handle an emergency if one happens
Note: You must be 11 years or older to take this course.

Cost: $70.00 (+GST)


*No courses are currently available for sign-up
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Occupational First Aid Level I Course

8 hours


OFA Level I is a Worksafe BC requirement at many workplaces in B.C. This is the Red Cross Workplace Emergency First-Aid (WEFA) course and is approved by Worksafe BC as OFA Level I equivalent. It is suitable for people who are designated as first-aid attendants at their workplace, or applying for employment to work-places that require Level I first-aid attendants. The Level I course is 8 hours and all successful students receive a certificate good for 3 years.

Note: You must be at least 16 years of age to take this course.

Cost: $95.00 (+GST)


*No courses are currently available for sign-up
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Emergency Child Care First Aid & Cpr

8 Hours


This course is designed for those in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) industry as well as for parents and caregivers.

This is the Red Cross ECCFA course and exceeds the competitors’ standards by including injury prevention content, CPR and AED. It offers an overview of first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills with a focus on childhood injuries and illnesses.

This course is recognized by the Child Care Licensing Branch

View the Course Brochure 

Topics covered:
  • Preparing to respond
  • The EMS system
  • Check, Call, Care
  • Airway emergencies
  • Breathing and circulation emergencies
  • First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Bone, muscle and joint injuries
  • Wound care
  • Sudden medical emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Poisons
  • Keeping children safe


Cost: $95 (plus GST)


*No courses are currently available for sign-up
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Emergency First Aid Course

8 hours


Emergency First-aid is a one day course which covers most medical emergencies. Our course includes Level C CPR/AED, course manual, and a certificate good for 3 years.

View the Course Brochure

Topics covered:
  • Preparing to respond
  • The EMS system
  • Check, Call, Care
  • Airway emergencies
  • Breathing and circulation emergencies
  • First Aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest
Note: 100% attendance is required to pass.

Cost: $95.00 (+GST)


Upcoming Dates:


Saturday July 23 - 8am-5pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Saturday August 20 - 8am-5pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Saturday September 24 - 8am-5pm


Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open


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Standard First Aid Course

16 hours


Standard First-aid is a comprehensive two day course. Our course includes Level C CPR/AED certification, course manual, and a certificate good for 3 years.

View the Course Brochure

Topics covered:
  • Introduction
  • The Red Cross
  • Preparing to Respond
  • The EMS System
  • Check, Call, Care
  • Airway Emergencies
  • Breathing & Circulation Emergencies
  • First Aid for Respiratory & Cardiac Arrest
  • Head & Spine Injuries
  • Bone, Muscle & Joint Injuries
  • Wound Care
  • Sudden Medical Emergencies
  • Environmental Emergencies
Note: 100% attendance is required to pass.

Cost: $155.00 (+GST)


Upcoming Dates:


Jul 23rd - Jul 24th:

Saturday-Sunday July 23,24 - 8am-5pm

*100% attendance is required for certification

Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


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Aug 20th - Aug 21st:

Saturday-Sunday August 20,21 - 8am-5pm

*100% attendance is required for certification

Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open



Sep 24th - Sep 25th:

Saturday-Sunday September 24,25 - 8am-5pm

*100% attendance is required for certification

Location: No. 18 (Shaughnessy) Firehall


Status: Open


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