Red Cross First Responder (FR3)
The Red Cross First Responder (FR3) program is your first step in getting hired by a BC Fire Department.
The Red Cross First Responder (FR3) course is a 74 hour blend of independent study and instructor guided learning. The 44 hour classroom work is structured to train students to work as members of the EMS community through lecture and lab practice.
This program is recognized nationally by many other designations (Environment Canada, Fire Departments, Athletic Therapy, Canadian Coast Guard, Department of National Defence) as the entry-level program for the pre-hospital profession.
First Responders provide a service in an environment requiring special skills, knowledge and serves as liaisons with other emergency services.
Who is hiring??
Canadian Red Cross First Responder has been approved by the B.C. Emergency Medical Attendant Licensing Board (EMALB) for First-Responder level 3 licensing (Schedule 2). This course includes CPR-BLS, AED, and Spinal Management.
All successful candidates have the option to be examined for 'EMA FR' licensing including AED and spinal endorsements at the end of the course. There are no extra costs for that.
***After completion of the First Responders program students can continue with the EMR Upgrade program. This will give you a better chance in getting hired by any of the local Fire Halls. If the dates would not work right away, students can come to a later date.***
Red Cross First Responder ticket is valid for 3 years.
EMALB FR(3) License is valid for 3 years.
With your FR License you can now also apply for an OFA L2 Unrestricted ticket.