For First Responders - wilderness or otherwise - who want to continue their journey, the FR-to-EMR bridge is your opportunity to move into the world of professional Emergency Health Services. Besides qualifying you to work rural ambulance, industrial medic, and event medic positions, an EMR license is increasingly seen as the minimum medical qualification for fire departments in British Columbia.

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FR to EMR Bridge (50 Hours)
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Fri. Jan 17 - Thurs. Jan 23, 2020
(200-8163 Granville St. Vancouver)

Mon. Mar 23 - Sun. Mar 29, 2020
(200-8163 Granville St. Vancouver)

Fri. July 3 - Thurs. July 9, 2020
(200-8163 Granville St. Vancouver)

Course Info


Participation in this course requires an unexpired Red Cross First Responder certification, or equivalent. There will also be a pre-study component to the course.

What to Expect

The course is taught over 7 days. Days 1 through 6 are learning days, with knowledge sessions - mini-lectures, skill stations, presentations, etc… - amply balanced out with plenty of hands-on scenarios to prepare you for licensing and professional practice.

Books and Materials

Participants will receive a full-colour copy of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text, as well as the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Workbook. Access to these will be given at least 10 days before the course begins, in order to give enough time to complete the pre-study.


The course is taught entirely at our Marpole training base, 8168 Granville Street, Unit #200. We are conveniently served by Translink Bus #10, and there is plenty of free street parking in the neighbour hood as well.

Certifications & Licensing

Successful completion of the course, including all written and practical evaluations, will earn you a Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder with BLS (HCP) certification.

This certification qualifies you to write the provincial EMR licensing exam with the Emergency Medical Assistants of British Columbia (EMALB).

The Red Cross EMR certificate is valid for three years. Recertification takes place over 40 hours. (EMR license holders do not typically have to recertify their certificate.)

What Comes Next

An EMR certificate is the prerequisite to a Primary Care Paramedic program in BC, or an Emergency Medical Technician program in Alberta.


Your Instructor Team

Like all CWMT courses, our FR-to-EMR Bridge is taught exclusively by medical professionals with tons of patient care experience, as well as a strong background in delivering engaging, effective, high-quality instruction.


Dr. Iona Liddicoat

Iona is a special advisor to our EMR program. She is a UK trained physician experienced in emergency and wilderness medicine.


quinn Workun (PCP-IV)

Quinn is a Primary Care Paramedic with with British Columbia Ambulance Service, currently stationed in Whistler, BC.


Kieran Hartle (PCP-IV)

Kieran is an experienced Primary Care Paramedic working with the British Columbia Ambulance Service in Vancouver.


Matt Hutton (PCP-IV)

Matthew Hutton (PCP-IV) is a new paramedic who brings with him a wealth of experience from his ski patroller background.

Course Topics

The Professional Responder

  • Responding to the call

  • Infection prevention and control

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Assessment

  • Airway management and respiratory emergences

  • 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

  • Transportation

  • Multiple-casualty incidents

  • Pharmacology

  • Marine environment

  • Workplace Considerations

  • Licensing Preparation


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