First Responder

Duration: 40 hours. Flexible scheduling options.

Red Cross First ResponderFirst aid and CPR skills for professional first responders or those wanting to become first responders. Course teaches techniques for sustaining life, preventing further injuries, and caring for illnesses and injuries until the next level of medical personnel arrives. Includes CPR level HCP and AED.


Red Cross Emergency Care Instructor or Instructor Trainer


CPR Level C


100% attendance, skills demonstration, and 80% min. passing grade on written exam 


3-year certification in First Responder, CPR Level HCP, and AED


20 hours; includes CPR Level HCP

Course Content    

Part 1 – Preparing to Respond

> The 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

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 people
> Multiple casualty incidents
> Transportation
> Workplace

Includes CPR HCP
Includes any other content required by specific legislation

Take-Home Materials            

Emergency Care
Emergency Care Workbook
Certification card and optional wall certificate (or as required by legislation)

Printable version – First Responder Course