An Emergency First Responder (EFR) is a person trained in Cardiac First Response that possesses additional knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients in a pre-hospital environment. An Emergency First Responder may be part of the emergency medical services, a healthcare practitioner or a member of the public. The first responder course equips the student to be able to deal with a variety of trauma and medical conditions.
The aim of the course is to equip the student with the relevant knowledge and skills to deliver a range of life saving techniques in an emergency situation. The course is facilitated by an instructor/tutor who will use a variety of techniques such as lectures, demonstrations, practicals, and group discussions amongst others, to guide participants through the course. The course is delivered through English.
Typically, those who undertake this PHECC training course to gain an Emergency First Response (EFR) certificate are from a wide and varied background. This accredited PHECC course is well suited for those looking to expand on the knowledge and skills of other courses such as basic first aid, occupational first aid and first aid responder. It may also useful for those who need a foundation in medical training and who may respond to incidents infrequently. This could include members of a Retained Fire Service or members of an Emergency Response Team in a manufacturing or production plant.
For students wishing to progress to further studies, the EFR PHECC course offers a comprehensive overview and grounding of what’s expected from emergency medical personnel. Previous students who completed this course include: Retained Fire Fighters, Community First Responders, Emergency Response Team Members, Coaches of full contact sports, Rugby Coaches/Staff, and individuals with an interest in emergency medical services looking to progress their training at a further stage.
The accredited PHECC training course is 5 days in duration (40 hours) excluding the Cardiac First Response section. The course can be delivered over a number of evenings or weekends as necessary. Regardless of course breakdown the minimum duration will be observed.
The assessment for the course will be split between theory examinations and practical skills demonstrations or OSCE’s. The theory element is assessed using a multiple choice examination (MCQ) the practical element is assessed using skills sheets and scenario based practical assessments.
Upon successful completion of this accredited PHECC training students will receive a PHECC Emergency First Response certificate. This cert will be valid for 3 years. In order to maintain their EFR certification, students should independently maintain their CFR certification.
In order to maintain this qualification after the three-year certification period, individuals will be required to undertake a refresher course.
Students must have successfully completed a PHECC Cardiac First Response community course. Students must present the CFR certificate at the start of the course. This can be a stand-alone CFR certificate or an in-date Occupational First Aid Certificate. Students should have sufficient physical fitness to carry out chest compression on a manikin while kneeling, in addition to a range of other pre-hospital emergency techniques.