First Responders

 Priority Care First Aid is proud to offer the Canadian Red Cross First Responder Course in Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and on a contract basis throughout British Columbia.  

This is the First Responder course chosen by the vast majority of professional fire departments throughout the lower mainland!

As long time paramedics we value the patient care provided by British Columbia’s first responders, and love teaching these skills to new students! When you take your first responder course with Priority Care First Aid you will be taught by paramedics who have responded to thousands of 911 calls!

What is a First Responder?

When somebody is ill or injured, the first medical professionals they often encounter are First Responders, personnel trained to provide life saving care and to stabilize the patient until paramedics arrive to treat and transport them to the hospital.

 In British Columbia’s emergency 911 system career and volunteer firefighters usually provide the first responder care. Here in the lower mainland firefighters working for fire departments in West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Langley, Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Mission, and Abbotsford all provide first responder care to the citizens they protect, as do firefighters throughout the province.

In some areas of British Columbia police officers, coast guard staff, and search and rescue personnel also act as first responders.

First Responders also work outside of the 911 system. Athletic therapists, disaster team members, emergency management personnel, first aid attendants, industrial safety personnel, lifeguards, and ski patrollers also fill the important role of first responders.

Historically in British Columbia first responders have been trained to the level of First Responder level 3 with spinal and AED. The Canadian Red Cross First Responder course meets and exceeds these standards.

Most fire departments require you to become certified and licensed as a first responder prior to applying for a firefighter position. When you complete your Canadian Red Cross First Responder course with Priority Care First Aid you will have completed your EMALB practical licensing exams and will be eligible to write the online First Responder EMALB written licensing exam.  Information about this process will be provided to you during your course.

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Priority Care First Aid has designed this website to provide you with detailed information about our First Responder course. This website is a companion site to our main website:

To learn more about the Canadian Red Cross First Responder course please click HERE.

To see what you will learn in the course please click HERE.

To view our upcoming First Responder course dates please click HERE.

To see a list of frequently asked questions please click HERE.

To contact us for more information please click HERE.