First Responder Course

44(+) hours


Jump to First Responder Re-certification Course


This is the Canadian Red Cross First Responder Course and is the same course we use to certify and license our firefighters. It is taught by firefighter instructors that teach and certify other firefighters, and average over ten years of professional firefighting experience with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.


The course is conducted at Chess St. Training Grounds which is the main training facility for VF&RS. As well as classrooms there are many props available which allows us to stage realistic scenarios.


First-responder is the minimum level of training required for firefighters in B.C. If you are considering a career as a firefighter, First-Responder certification and licensing is a pre-requisite for application to most fire departments. Many of our First Responder Course graduates are now Vancouver Firefighters!


Canadian Red Cross First Responder has been approved by the B.C. Emergency Medical Attendant Licensing Board (EMALB) for First-Responder level 3 licensing. This course includes Healthcare Provider (HCP) level CPR, AED, and spinal management. All successful candidates will be examined for 'EMA FR' licensing including AED and spinal endorsements as part of the course.



From one of our graduates:
'Course was above and beyond. I came in with my basic knowledge first aid, between the instructors and the classmates I worked along side, I gained a ton of knowledge and confidence as I moved forward. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to take the first responder. You will not be disappointed, and the instructors are first class !'



Course Details:


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Topics covered:
  • The responder
  • The emergency scene
  • Preventing disease transmission
  • Human body systems
  • Assessments
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Airway and ventilation
  • Circulatory emergencies
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Chest, abdominal, and pelvic injuries
  • Sudden illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Heat and cold related injuries
  • Special populations
  • Childbirth
  • Crisis intervention
  • Reaching and moving people
  • Multiple casualty incidents
  • Communications and transportation
*Pre-requisite: Current CPR level C or higher.

Note: 100% attendance is required to pass.

You must be at least 16 years of age to take this course.

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Cost: $800.00 (+GST)


Upcoming Dates:


Jul 12th - Jul 29th:

Wednesday July 12 - 6pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday July 15-16 8am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday July 22-23 8am-5pm
Saturday July 29 8am-5pm


*100% attendance is required for certification

Location: Chess Street Training Grounds


Status:  2 spaces left 



Aug 9th - Aug 26th:

Wednesday August 9 - 6pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday August 12-13 - 8am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday August 19-20 - 8am-5pm
Saturday August 26 - 8am-5pm


*100% attendance is required for certification

Location: Chess Street Training Grounds


Status: Open



Sep 13th - Sep 30th:

Wednesday September 13 - 6pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday September 16-17 - 8am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday September 23-24 - 8am-5pm
Saturday September 30 - 8am-5pm


*100% attendance is required for certification

Location: Chess Street Training Grounds


Status: Open






First Responder Re-certification Course

20(+) hours


This course is for people who have a valid Red Cross First Responder certificate to renew their certification and BC EMA licensing. Because this is a re-certification course you must have a valid un-expired Red Cross First Responder certificate.

Cost: $400 (+GST)


Upcoming Dates:


Jul 12th - Jul 29th:

Wednesday July 12 - 5pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday July 22-23 8am-5pm
Saturday July 29 8am-5pm


*100% attendance is required for certification

Location: Chess Street Training Grounds


Status: Open



Aug 9th - Aug 26th:

Wednesday August 9 - 6pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday August 19-20 - 8am-5pm
Saturday August 26 - 8am-5pm


*100% attendance is required for certification

Location: Chess Street Training Grounds


Status: Open



Sep 13th - Sep 30th:

Wednesday September 13 - 6pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday September 23-24 - 8am-5pm
Saturday September 30 - 8am - 5pm


*100% attendance is required for certification

Location: Chess Street Training Grounds


Status: Open






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