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Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder

General Information

The Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) program provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness in a pre-hospital setting. This program is for those providing emergency response; these may include firefighters, law-enforcement officers, workplace responders, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. Includes CPR level BLS

Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder has been approved by the B.C. Emergency Medical Attendant Licensing Board (EMALB) for EMR licensing. This course includes Basic Life Support level CPR, AED, and Spinal Management.

Classtime is approx. 80-92 hrs

Course content:

  • Part 1 Preparing to Respond
    • The ResponderRed Cross Emergency Medical Responder
    • The Emergency Scene
    • Preventing Disease Transmission
  • Part 2 Establishing Priorities of Care
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Assessment
    • Respiratory Emergencies
    • Airway and Ventilation
    • Circulatory Emergencies
    • Bleeding
    • Shock
    • Pharmacology
  • Part 3 Traumatic Injuries
    •  Soft Tissue Injuries
    • Musculoskeletal InjuriesRed Cross Emergency Medical Responder
    • Head and Spine Injuries
    • Chest, Abdominal, and Pelvic Injuries
  • Part 4 Medical Emergencies
    • Sudden Illnesses
    • Poisoning
    • Heat- and Cold-Related Emergencies
  • Part 5 Special Populations and Situations
    • Special Populations and Crisis Intervention
    • Childbirth

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    • Reaching and Moving Patients
    • Multiple Casualty Incidents
    • Transportation
    • Workplace
    • Includes CPR-BLS


Having CPR-BLS, when entering into the Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder Program would really be very helpful, but not necessary to enter into the program.


Learners who have completed the EMR Program and have certified must license with the Emergency Medical Association Licensing Board in order to work as an EMR in BC. Costs for the EMA EMR exam are approximately $450.
Learners have one year after their EMR class completion date to pass their licensing exams.  Learners who miss the one year deadline to license and who completed the EMR Program within three years must complete the EMR Renewal course before re-applying for licensure.

Effective November 1, 2020, EMR participants wishing to apply for licensing can contact EMA Licensing directly, and provide the following:

  • Name
  • Course ID number
  • Certificate ID number

Both the course ID and certificate ID numbers appear on new EMR certifications. EMA Licensing can then validate the certification through the My Red Cross website – or by visiting My Red Cross ( and clicking on the "Validate Certificate" link on the top menu bar.

To book your exam
The Emergency Medical Association governs licensing within the province of BC. To find more information on licensing or to schedule an exam, learners must contact EMALB directly by phoning 1.800.663.7867 or emailing

Getting ready for your licensing exam - click on the link for the latest exam guidelines


When registered and paid for the course, we will send the student a link for the electronic book, which can be printed if wanted or brought to class on a tablet, there will be class books available for use during class hours. You can get the colour printed book as well for an additional fee ($75).

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