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First Responder - OFA L3 to Emergency Medical Responder Upgrade

If you currently hold certification in First Responder (FR) or equivalent such as OFA L3, and are looking to continue your education?

The next level of care is the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course!

The EMR program provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency. You learn how to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness in a pre-hospital setting.

First Responder - OFA L3 to Emergency Medical Responder Upgrade

This program is for those providing emergency response. These may include firefighters, law-enforcement officers, workplace responders, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. Includes Basic Life Support with Airway and Oxygen Management.

Canadian Red Cross First Responder to Emergency Medical Responder Upgrade course has been approved by the B.C. Emergency Medical Attendant Licensing Board (EMALB) for EMR licensing. This course includes BLS, AED, and Spinal Management.

Course content:

  • Part 1 Preparing to Respond
    • The Responder.
    • The Emergency Scene.
    • Preventing Disease Transmission.
  • Part 2 Establishing Priorities of Care
      • Anatomy and Physiology
      • Practicing Nasal Pharyngeal Airway insertion


    • Respiratory Emergencies.
    • Airway and Ventilation.
    • Circulatory Emergencies.
    • Bleeding.
    • Shock.
    • Pharmacology.


  • Part 3 Traumatic Injuries
    • Soft Tissue Injuries.
    • Musculoskeletal Injuries.
    • 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.
    • Reaching and Moving Patients.

      fore and aft lift carry

    • Multiple Casualty Incidents.
    • Transportation.
    • Workplace.
  • Prerequisites
    • Students should have at least a First Responder with BLS within the last 2 years when entering into the FR to EMR Upgrade program. Please contact us if unclear about the right program or certification.
  • Licensing
    • Learners who have completed the EMR Program and have certified must license with the Emergency Medical Association Licensing Board. This is mandatory 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, but you completed the EMR Program within three years? You must complete the EMR Renewal course before re-applying for licensure.
  • 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
  • ***Materials***
    All students must have a Professional Responder book or equivalent which is mandatory to take the course.
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