About The Course

The First Responder course:

 The Canadian Red Cross First Responder Course is a 40-44 hour course, designed to teach students the knowledge and skills required by a professional first responder. If your goals include becoming a paramedic, firefighter, police officer, search and rescue technician, coast guard member or professional first aid provider this is the course for you!

Course activities include a mix of pre-read and pre-course assignments, lectures, small group activities, practical skill stations and practical scenario practice, allowing you to learn and practice your first responder skills in a comfortable, encouraging setting.

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!

We believe it is important to work with the same equipment you will use when working as a first responder. The equipment we use in our courses is the same equipment currently used by providers in British Columbia’s 911 system (by firefighter first responders and BC Ambulance paramedics).

By the end of the course you will feel confident providing care for car accident victims, people experiencing a stroke, patients with gunshot wounds or spinal injuries, unconscious collapses, and more!


You must be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid CPR-C certificate.

Completion Requirements:

In order to complete the Canadian Red Cross First Responder Course you must:

  • Be present for 100% of the course
  • Successfully pass one practical scenario (either medical or trauma)
  • Obtain a score of 75% or better on a multiple choice knowledge examination.

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive 3 year nationally recognized certification in First Responder, CPR-HCP (health care provider) and AED use. This certification meets and exceeds the BC First Responder level III (3) with spinal and AED endorsements.

Certification and Licensing:

In British Columbia professional first responders working in the 911 system are licensed to provide patient care by the Emergency Medical Assistant’s Licensing Board. Upon successful completion of your first responder course we will arrange licensing exams for you, so you are completely ready to provide care when you begin working as a first responder in BC!

All Priority Care First Responder courses also INCLUDE the EMALB First Responder licensing practical exams at NO EXTRA CHARGE!

You can find more information on licensing as a first responder on the Emergency Medical Assistant’s Licensing Board’s website HERE.

Course Cost:

The First Responder course costs $675 per participant, which includes all taxes and the full colour Emergency Care manual (456 pages).

NOTE:  Due to increased costs there will be a price increase to $695 for all courses run after January 1st, 2021.

To learn more about First Responders please click HERE.

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

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