First Responder Course

44(+) hours

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This is the Canadian Red Cross First Responder Course and is the same course we use to certify and license our firefighters. It is taught by firefighter instructors that teach and certify other firefighters, and average over ten years of professional firefighting experience with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.

The course is conducted at Chess St. Training Grounds which is the main training facility for VF&RS. As well as classrooms there are many props available which allows us to stage realistic scenarios.

First-responder is the minimum level of training required for firefighters in B.C. If you are considering a career as a firefighter, First-Responder certification and licensing is a pre-requisite for application to most fire departments. Many of our First Responder Course graduates are now Vancouver Firefighters!

Canadian Red Cross First Responder has been approved by the B.C. Emergency Medical Attendant Licensing Board (EMALB) for First-Responder level 3 licensing. This course includes Basic Life Support (BLS) level CPR, AED, and spinal management. All successful candidates will be examined for 'EMA FR' licensing including AED and spinal endorsements as part of the course.

From one of our graduates:
'Course was above and beyond. I came in with my basic knowledge first aid, between the instructors and the classmates I worked along side, I gained a ton of knowledge and confidence as I moved forward. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to take the first responder. You will not be disappointed, and the instructors are first class !'

Course Details:

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Topics covered:
  • The responder
  • The emergency scene
  • Preventing disease transmission
  • Human body systems
  • Assessments
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Airway and ventilation
  • Circulatory emergencies
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Chest, abdominal, and pelvic injuries
  • Sudden illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Heat and cold related injuries
  • Special populations
  • Childbirth
  • Crisis intervention
  • Reaching and moving people
  • Multiple casualty incidents
  • Communications and transportation
*Pre-requisite: Current CPR level C or higher.

Note: 100% attendance is required to pass.

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

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Cost: $800.00 (+GST)

*No courses are currently available for sign-up

First Responder Re-certification Course

20(+) hours

This course is for people who have a valid Red Cross First Responder certificate to renew their certification and BC EMA licensing. Because this is a re-certification course you must have a valid un-expired Red Cross First Responder certificate.

Cost: $400 (+GST)

*No courses are currently available for sign-up

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