Emergency Medical Responder

Course Description

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) is an advanced course that meets the National Occupancy Competency Profiles (NOCP) for EMRs. Successful completion allows participants to write provincial exams to work as an Emergency Medical Responder (where permitted).

In provinces that recognize and regulate the EMR qualification, successful participants can find work in rural ambulance services, community response teams, and heavy industrial areas. The course also prepares participants to provide first-line response in isolated communities and remote worksites.

This is a 10-day course

British Columbia: Online pre-course homework required (about 30 hours).  A link to the online homework will be emailed after registration.  The textbook is available upon registration completion and should be requested from your branch a minimum of 2 weeks prior to class starting.

All other provinces: Standard First Aid + CPR-C + AED

Contact your local SJA branch for more information on additional pre-requisites or application steps required by your province. 

Course Content
Course Content
  • Wellbeing of the first responder
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Scene assessment
  • Lifting and moving
  • Advanced patient assessment
  • Airway management
  • Oxygen administration
  • Cardiovascular emergencies, CPR & AED
  • Medical emergencies
  • Head, neck, and face injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Muscle and bone injuries
  • Special Rescue situations
  • Paediatric and geriatric patients
  • Bariatric patients
  • Psychological emergencies
  • Substance abuse and overdose
  • Pharmacology
  • Multiple casualty Incidents
  • HazMat
  • Water emergencies
  • Emergency childbirth
Course Availability
  • Manitoba
  • Northwest Territories
  • Saskatchewan
Delivery Method
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