We are suspending First Responder (FR) course offerings due to the new scope of practice changes at the FR license level for the time being.

JIBC paramedic students in training

Is this program right for you?

Be the one helping to save lives. Your work as a first responder will give you the opportunity to build relationships with and provide immediate medical response skills to people across your community. 

 Gain Credentials  

With the successful completion of the course, students receive a Canadian Red Cross First Responder certificate (valid 3 years), and a Canadian Red Cross BLS card (valid for 1 year).

Dynamic Training 

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

People or organizations interested in training to handle medical or traumatic emergency events while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. 

Professionals in fire service, rescue team, workplace response team, sports medicine professionals, lifeguards, ski patrol, recreation facilities and special-care facilities.

Program strengths 

Participants acquire the life-saving skills and knowledge to perform patient care to the public before an ambulance arrives. Knowing what to do in that first few minutes of an emergency can make a difference between life and death.

The First Responder (FR) course teaches students the skills they need to save lives. In this entry-level program, students acquire a full complement of basic skills that prepare them for carrying out all critical life-saving duties as a First Responder.


  • Patient assessment model
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Hemorrhage control
  • Care for a variety of acute and chronic conditions

Questions about the first responder course

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