Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) are the first line of medical assistance in emergency situations. They are trained to provide initial assessments, interventions, and on-going care to patients until they can be transported to a healthcare facility. This course is designed to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to become an EMR. In this blog post, we will dive deeper into what the course entails, its benefits, and what you can expect upon completion.

The Course Content

The EMR course covers a wide range of topics, including infection prevention and control, anatomy and physiology, assessment, airway management, respiratory and circulatory emergencies, shock, musculoskeletal injuries, and acute and chronic illnesses, among others. The course also covers special populations, crisis intervention, reaching, lifting, and extricating patients, transportation, multiple-casualty incidents, pharmacology, and the marine and workplace environments.

It’s important to note that the course content may vary depending on jurisdictional requirements and follows the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) as defined by the Paramedic Association of Canada. This ensures that participants receive a standardized education that aligns with national guidelines and best practices.

Benefits of the Course

Becoming an EMR offers numerous benefits, both professionally and personally. Participants will gain the necessary skills to provide life-saving interventions to patients in critical conditions. This training is invaluable in emergency situations and can make all the difference in saving lives. Additionally, the course provides a strong foundation for those interested in pursuing a career as a paramedic or firefighter. EMRs are also in high demand for industrial first aid work, providing an opportunity for employment in various industries.

Prerequisites and Completion Requirements

To enroll in the EMR course, participants must hold a Standard First Aid certification with CPR level C. Upon successful completion of the course, participants must demonstrate the required skills, achieve a minimum of 75% on the written, closed-book, knowledge evaluation, and complete two evaluated scenarios (one medical and one trauma). Participants must also attend and participate in 100% of the course to be eligible for certification. Successful completion of the course leads to a 3-year certification in Emergency Medical Responder.

Course Instructor

The course will be taught by Jessica Powell, owner of On the Go First Aid. Jessica has over 15 years of experience as a paramedic and has extensive experience teaching and practicing first aid and prehospital care. Participants can expect a dynamic and engaging learning experience, with video and media presentations, skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions, and scenarios based on real-life situations.

Course Location and Time

The course is held at #260 – 17667 65a Ave, Surrey, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Please note that there are approximately 20 stairs to reach the classroom, and there is no elevator. The course fee is $1450 plus GST.

Course Recommendations

Participants are recommended to have a watch with a second hand to use during patient assessment. The course provides a stethoscope for use during training, but participants may wish to purchase their own. The Littman brand is recommended and is available on Amazon and other platforms. The course textbook is available in digital form, and a hard copy can be pre-ordered for $130 by contacting [email protected]

EMA Licensing

Upon completion of the EMR course, participants can apply to EMA Licensing for their EMR Licensing Examination (if they wish!). This examination is separate from the EMR certification examination completed with the instructor during the course. EMA Licensing is responsible for the registration, licensing, and discipline of emergency medical assistants in British Columbia. Obtaining a license from EMA Licensing is necessary for anyone who wishes to practice as an emergency medical responder in BC.


In conclusion, becoming an Emergency Medical Responder is a great way to start a career in emergency medical services, firefighting or industrial first aid work. The EMR course provides comprehensive training to participants, allowing them to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to provide appropriate patient assessments, interventions, and on-going care. The course content follows the National Occupational Competency Profiles as defined by the Paramedic Association of Canada and is designed to engage participants in dynamic training techniques including video, media presentations, skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions, and scenarios based on real-life situations.
At Mainland Safety Training Company, we offer high-quality EMR courses taught by experienced instructors, including Jessica Powell, who has been a paramedic for over 15 years. Our courses are offered at various locations including Delta, Cloverdale, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Kelowna, and West Kelowna. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a 3-year certification in Emergency Medical Responder (digital certificate issued upon successful completion).

If you are interested in becoming an Emergency Medical Responder or have any questions about our courses, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at +1 604 617 0211 or [email protected].