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Emergency Medical Responder

The medical first response courses at Southwest Fire Academy will equip you to think and act quickly, and most effectively help those in need!
$1,055.00 8 days (80 hours)
SFA program - Emergency Medical Responder


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 may vary depending on jurisdictional requirements and, in addition, follows the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) as defined by the Paramedic Association of Canada.  

Participants will be engaged in dynamic training techniques including video, media presentations, skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions and scenarios based on real-life situations. 


Valid Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C Certificate

Program Components

Topics covered during the program are as follows (in addition to any other content required by specific legislation):

  • The Professional Responder
  • Responding to the call
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assessment
  • Airway management and respiratory emergences
  • 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
  • Transportation
  • Multiple-casualty incidents
  • Pharmacology
  • Marine environment
  • Workplace

In order to successfully complete the program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Successful demonstration of the required skills
  • Minimum 75% mark for written, closed book, and knowledge evaluations
  • Successful completion of two evaluated scenarios – one medical and one trauma
  • Attendance and participation in 100% of the course


Upon completion of the course, you will receive a 3-year certification in Emergency Medical Responder (digital certificate issued upon successful completion)

What is Included

All the necessary equipment and tools are available for you to use in the classroom, in order for you to be successful in the course. A digital copy of the textbook will be sent to you along with a host of documents to support your learning. The texts are the following:

  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text
  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Workbook

What to Bring

Upon registration, please feel free to start reviewing the Emergency Care for Professional Responders Textbook (PDF), and the Workbook for your course level.

The Workbook is designed to be used as a study guide. We suggest that you start it prior to the course and complete it as we progress through the course You will be required to submit it upon course completion.

We recommend that students purchase a copy of the printed textbook and a Professional Responder Student Kit. This will allow students to write notes in their textbooks if required, and use their own equipment. If you do not purchase your own kit, all the necessary equipment will still be made available for your use during this course.

Be advised that these are lengthy, rigorous days of study, so ensure that you bring the appropriate nutrition and hydration for yourself.


This course is delivered by Pulse Point Canada

Pulse Point Canada is a leading Canadian Red Cross Training Partner, offering CPR/AED, First Aid, First Responder, and Emergency Medical Responder courses and recertifications. Our instructors are dedicated to helping students gain confidence and prove competence with the skills, so when the time comes to act in emergency situations, there is no doubt or hesitation.

Additional Information

Please note: if this course is not filled to 75% capacity 7 days before it is scheduled to begin, it may be cancelled. In the event of course cancellation, you will be provided adequate notice and a full refund.  

Accommodations may be available upon request for the duration of your program. If you are staying for one or two nights, the flat rate for accommodations is $50 plus taxes. If you are staying for three or more nights, the fee is $100 plus taxes, total. Regardless of how long you are on campus, your fee will not exceed $100 plus taxes. This fee grants you access to your bunk, a communal kitchen, parking, and washroom/shower facilities. Please contact SFA at 705-510-9501 or with advanced notice, to reserve your spot. 

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Course Upcoming Dates

      August 25, 2024 - September 1, 2024
      September 22, 2024 - September 29, 2024
      October 20, 2024 - October 27, 2024
      November 17, 2024 - November 24, 2024
      February 9, 2025 - February 16, 2025
      April 6, 2025 - April 13, 2025

What People are Saying

My time at SFA was second to none. From the instructors to the fire grounds/content, it was a fantastic experience. Not only did they provide me with the skills necessary to make the jump into this competitive career, but the confidence as well. A well oiled machine that no doubt has gotten smoother in the last couple of years. I’ve recommended SFA to many past colleagues and will continue to do so. Much respect.

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