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An intensive 1 week bridging course for current OFA Level 3 certificate holders to upgrade to a Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder certification.

OFA 3 to EMR Bridge

OFA 3 to EMR Bridge

An intensive 1 week bridging course for current OFA Level 3 certificate holders to upgrade to a Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder certification.

The Canadian Red Cross EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) course teaches comprehensive first aid and CPR skills for professional responders. Successful participants in this course will become proficient with a comprehensive patient assessment model, and with critical interventions such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hemorrhage control. Participants will also learn to identify and care for a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions, as well as package and transport patients to hospital. Participants will be engaged in dynamic learning environment that will be focused primarily on hands-on practice. Students will participate in skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions, performing in simulated scenarios based on real-life situations, as well as both written and practical testing.

In order to be successfully certified, participants must successfully perform skills, complete practical scenarios, attend and participate in 100% of the course, and achieve a minimum of 75% on the closed-book written knowledge evaluation.

This is a Canadian Red Cross EMR course. Successful completion will result in certification as a CRC Emergency Medical Responder.


Before beginning this course you must be currently certified in Occupational First Aid Level 3. Your certificate must not be expired when you start the course.

In order to be successful in this course, you should still have pretty much all of your OFA 3 skills intact. When you register for the course, you'll receive a list of expected skills to review, along with about 20 hours of pre-course work that is very important to make sure you're successful in the in-class portion of the course.

About EMA Licensing:

This certification qualifies to meet the prerequisite to apply to become a Licensed Emergency Medical Responder in British Columbia, however becoming licensed is a separate process which must be completed through the EMALB (Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board).  This will require a separate application, an additional online written exam and a separate practical evaluation.  If you wish to become a licensed EMR, this program is designed to prepare and support you through the EMALB Licensing process. You can learn more about the EMA Licensing process here.

Full Course Length 40 hours View Locations

Course Details

Topics Covered

EMR includes:

  • 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
  • Transportation
  • Multiple-Casualty Incidents
  • Pharmacology
  • Marine Environment
  • Workplace


Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! You will receive a temporary certificate at the end of your course, and a permanent virtual certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed the course. You will be able to view your manual and certification online at any time through your MyRedCross account. Certification is valid for 3 years.


First Aid Course Materials for OFA 3 to EMR Bridge

The Emergency Medical Responder Bridge course includes the following materials:

  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text (virtual)
  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder Workbook (virtual)

A hard copy of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text is available to purchase for an additional $220 + tax.

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Who should take this course?

  • entry into BC Ambulance Sevice/BCEHS
  • patient transfer services
  • Fire service Professionals
  • industrial first aid attendants
  • rescue teams
  • ski patrol

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
OFA 3 to EMR Bridge course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

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