First Responder (FR)

What is an First Responder (FR)?

First responders (FR's) are Professional Responders that have been trained to handle emergencies. These range from an accident in traffic, highway accidents or natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes where they may need to perform basic life support such as CPR or other interventions to stabilize a patient on site until more advanced equipment arrives.

An FR could be a police officer or firefighter, but they do not replace Paramedics. They're there in case anyone needs more advanced medical or trauma interventions until paramedics arrive at the scene for further treatment. 

FR's treat patients on site rather then transporting them immediately which saves lives because delays can make things worse

First Responder Training

Course Duration: 40+ hours (based on jurisdiction)

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.




  • Successfully demonstrate the required skills

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

  • Successfully complete minimum one practical scenarios 

  • Attend and participate in 100% of the course




3-year certification in First Responder (digital certificate issued upon successful completion)


20+ hours

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