First Responder

Canadian Red Cross First Responder – is targeted at identified first responders and those wishing to become first responders (firefighters, athletic therapists/trainers, 911 dispatch, patient transfer, rescue, etc.).  The course provides a professional level first aid and Basic Life Support CPR and includes techniques for sustaining life, preventing further injuries, and ongoing care of patients until further care arrives.   


  • 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


Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional

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Completion Requirements:

  • Successfully demonstrate the required skills
  • Minimum 75% mark for written, closed book, knowledge evaluation
  • Successfully complete minimum of one practical scenario
  • Attend and participate in 100% of the course




Oshawa campus


October 21 to 25

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To register

Please call 905.721.3000.


This course allows currently certified First Responders to upgrade to the EMR level.


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