Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) is the entry license level one must attain to work as a paramedic in BC.  Many rural and remote areas have had EMRs working around the clock to provide ambulance coverage to their communities since the early 1970s.

This training allows responders to develop essential treatment skills and a solid foundation for more advanced training.  This license level includes basic patient assessment skills, CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and the mechanics and practice of safely lifting patients. EMRs are also training in wound assessment and treatment, basic symptom relief procedures, and safe, timely transport of patients to the hospital.

Working as an EMR is an entry-level, community-focused position, ideal for people who live and work in a rural or remote areas and hope to build on their experience and skills toward becoming a Primary Care Paramedic.