Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)


Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) 

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Course Details

Become part of the EMS system in Canada at the EMR level!

Our full Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) program includes both the WorkSafe BC Occupational First Aid Level 3 and Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support (formerly the CPR C/AED HCP) courses.

You get three (3) certifications in one course! The EMR, WorkSafe BC OFA Level 3 and the Red Cross BLS certificates.

The Paramedic Association of Canada defines four (4) levels of Paramedic in Canada:

  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)
  • Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
  • Critical Care Paramedic (CCP)

Having an EMR certificate also gives you the main prerequisite for the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) course.

Participants will learn and demonstrate all knowledge and skills needed to provide appropriate patient assessments, interventions, and on-going care, including the transportation of a patient to a healthcare facility. Course content follows the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) as defined by the Paramedic Association of Canada at the Emergency Medical Responder level.

Participants will be engaged in dynamic training techniques including media presentations, skills demonstrations, hands-on practice sessions, Case Studies and practice scenarios based on real-life situations and expected scenarios in the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMALB) licensing exams at the EMR level.

This course will be taught by Paramedics who have years of experience in the pre-hospital care field.

The course consists of an estimated 10 hours of pre-reading/preparation and approx. 110 hours in the classroom over three weeks.

During the course you will work with the same equipment currently used by providers in British Columbia’s EMS system (fire fighters and paramedics from the BCEHS). This will allow you to gain comfort and experience using the same pre-hospital equipment you will use when employed as an EMR.

By the end of this course you will feel confident responding to care for car accident victims, people experiencing heart attacks, patients with fractures and spinal injuries, unconscious diabetics, drug overdoses and many more emergency situations.

Course content includes:

  • The emergency scene
  • Preventing disease transmission
  • Assessment
  • 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 emergencies
  • Reaching and moving people
  • Multiple casualty incidents
  • Pharmacology
  • The Well-being of the Paramedic
  • Working as a Team with other members of the EMS system

All courses are taught by experienced Paramedics.

Upon successful completion the student will be eligible for the Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing Board (EMALB) written and practical licensing exams at the EMR level.

Fire Departments in B.C. Many fire departments in BC are moving towards requiring recruits to have an EMR license and are also looking at upgrading their current members to the EMR level.

Course Perquisites

Participants must have the ability to understand the course material, actively participate in the hands-on activities throughout the course hours and successfully complete the required written and practical exams.

Pre-reading (approx. 10 hours) and a basic Anatomy and Physiology (available at no cost through HeartSafe EMS) course are required to be completed prior to the in-classroom time.

Minimum 16 years of age.

Successful Course Completion Requirements

In order to be eligible for the final course written and practical exams a student must:

  • Have completed the pre-course Anatomy and Physiology
  • Have 100% Attendance of the required course hours
  • Have 100% Participation in the course activities
  • Have submitted the EMR Learning Activities at the beginning of each day (Days 1 – 4)
  • Have completed and submitted the assigned daily Case Studies (Days 02 –05)
  • Daily quizzes – 75% pass mark on each of the daily quizzes (Days 1 – 4)
  • Final Written and Practical exams – 75% pass mark

A 3-year certificate will be issued on successful completion. This certificate is valid for students who wish to go on to do the Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing examinations at the EMR Level.

Course Information

Course cost $1555.00 plus $175.00 for the EMR textbook

Location: #5 – 3948 Quadra Street Victoria BC V8X 1J6

Times: M – F 0800 – 1700

Classroom time: approx. 110 hours

Maximum Class Size: 18 students

OFA 3 to EMR Bridge Course

Students with a current WorkSafe BC OFA Level 3 are eligible for the one-week OFA 3 to EMR Bridge Course. Please contact us for further details.


110 hours

Course Information

Course cost $1555.00 plus $175.00 for the EMR textbook

Location: #5 – 3948 Quadra Street


16 years of age

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)Sep 16 – Oct 04, 20198:30h – 16:30hVictoria Unit 5- 3948 Quadra Street


Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)Nov 11 – 29, 20198:30h – 16:30hVictoria Unit 5- 3948 Quadra Street


Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)Jan 13 – 31, 20208:30h – 16:30hVictoria Unit 5- 3948 Quadra Street


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