Emergency Medical Responder


Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Red Cross Courses

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Course Details

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)

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 video, media presentations, skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions and scenarios based on real-life situations.

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. 80 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.

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 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 perquisites

Current (valid) 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.

Classroom time: approx. 80 hours

Course cost: contact us for further details

Maximum Class Size: 12 students

This 40-hour advanced first aid course is for those who wish to become First Responders with a Fire Department. Often a pre-requisite for joining a fire department.

Topics covered

  • Part 1 – The Responder
  • Part 2 – Establishing the Priorities of Care
  • Part 3 – Injuries
  • Part 4 – Medical Emergencies
  • Part 5 – Special Populations and Situations. Includes CPR HCP and AED

A 20 – hour recertification course is also available.

A 3 year certificate will be issued on successful completion. Examinations can also be done to for student’s who wish to have a Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) license at the First Responder Level. You do not have to be a member of a fire department to hold an EMA License.

Successful completion requires 100% attendance, skills demonstration, and 80% passing grade on the written exam.

Course Information

Course cost $1555.00 plus $175.00 for the EMR textbook

Location: #5 – 3948 Quadra Street

Times: M – F 0830 – 1630


16 years of age and a minimum CPR C certificate.

Please call the office at 250-385-3223 or email [email protected] for more information.  


80 hours

20 hours  (recertification)

Course Information

Course cost $1555.00 plus $175.00 for the EMR textbook

Location: #5 – 3948 Quadra Street


16 years of age and a minimum CPR C certificate.

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