First Responder Course


A comprehensive 40-hour program for the professional rescuers such as fire service, rescue team, workplace response team, sports-medicine professionals, lifeguards, and ski patrol.  This most recent version of this Canadian Red Cross certification launched in October 2018.  Participants will be engaged in dynamic training techniques including video, media presentations, skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions, and scenarios based on real-life situations.


  • The Professional Responder
  • Responding to the call
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assessment
  • Airway management and respiratory emergencies
  • Circulatory emergencies
  • Shock
  • Hemorrhage and soft tissue trauma
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Acute and chronic illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Environmental illnesses
  • Pregnancy, labour, and delivery
  • Special populations
  • Crisis intervention
  • Reaching, lifting, and extricating patients
  • Multiple-casualty incidents

Includes any other content required by specific provincial legislation.


  • Successfully demonstrate the required skills.
  • Minimum 75% mark for written, closed book, knowledge evaluation.
  • Successfully complete minimum of one practical scenario.
  • Attend and participate in 100% of the course.
  • Re-cert by attending 2 days of a full course or by attending a 2-day re-cert course.


  • Participants should dress comfortably and in layers.
  • Each participant receives an electronic wallet and wall certificate, rescue breathing barrier device, and a pocket mask for use during the course.
  • Participants may bring their own BP cuff and stethoscope or use the practice ones provided.


First Responder Certification

  • First Responder Course Saturday and Sunday April 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2024.

First Responder Recert

  • First Responder Recert Saturday and Sunday April 13 & 14, 2024
  • First Responder Recert Saturday and Sunday June 22 & 23, 2024
  • First Responder Recert Saturday and Sunday July 20 & 21, 2024
  • First Responder Recert Saturday and Sunday November 30 & December 1, 2024


  • Check Course Registration or contact Action Rehab Therapy to set up a course.


  • Check Course Registration or contact Action Rehab Therapy to set up a course.


  • Course size is a maximum of 10 participants.
  • Participants to always wear a face mask.
  • Strict COVID-19 screening and precautions in place.
  • All discussion will take place with participants sitting 2 meters apart.
  • Partner work will be done with face mask and eye protection/face shield on.
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