First Responder (FR) to Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Bridge Course


First Responder (FR) to Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Bridge Course

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First Responder (FR) to Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Bridge Course

Course Details 

See also WorkSafe BC OFA Level 3 to EMR Bridge Course

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

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)

This course is designed for those currently certified First Responders to upgrade their skill set to those of an Emergency Medical Responder.

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

The course consists of an estimated 20 hours of pre-reading/preparation and approx. 40 hours in the classroom.

The course provides a mix of lecture, group activities, practical skill stations and practical scenario practice, allowing you to build on your existing First Responder knowledge base while learning and practicing EMR skills at a high level.

Your hands-on knowledge will be supplemented with an extensive use of EMR case Studies and Learning Activities so that your theoretical knowledge will help with the practical application of your skills.

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.

All courses are taught by certified Canadian Red Cross Instructors.

On successful completion which includes hands-on participation throughout the course, you are required to have 100% attendance, and complete the final written and practical exams with an 80% pass mark.

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 BC. 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.

All Red Cross certificates and textbooks can be accessed by the participant once they are registered into the online Canadian Red Cross system.

Course Prerequisites 

Current (valid) FR certificate and CPR C/HCP or BLS certificate. 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. 20 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.

Course cost: $800.00.

Maximum Class Size: 12 students

Students will have access to an online version of the Red Cross Professional Responder textbook at no cost or a hard-copy version is available at an additional cost of $110.00 plus applicable taxes.

Once you have successfully completed your EMR course you may also want to consider stepping up to the Primary Care Paramedic level with HeartSafe EME. For more details:

Primary Care Paramedic 

Group courses available. Please contact us for details and a quote. 


20 hours of pre-reading / preperation.

40 hours  classroom.


See course details.

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