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First Responder Program


Course Description

Offered during Summer School: July 2 - 29, 2024

The aim of the First Responder Program is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the first responder community and the agencies that work within it.  

Certifications available upon successful completion of the program:

  • Standard First Aid – Level C with CPR & AED
  • Airway Management
  • Oxygen Therapy

Skills gained:

  • knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, and manage an emergency scene and prioritize injury management and patient care.
  • minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness for those functioning as a member of the health care team in a pre-hospital setting.

Ideal for students exploring careers in:

  • First Responder (EMS, Fire, Police)
  • Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy
  • Medicine, Nursing
    & more. 

Students will have access to and support from First Responder Agency Professionals.  This course will focus in particular on dealing with more advanced first aid concepts and training on the use of AED’s as well as how to deal with traumatic type injury care and specialized life-saving emergency measures.  

The First Responder Program will introduce orientation drills and basic search and rescue tactics and develop tactical and critical thinking skills and rational thinking to deal with emergencies.  This course will focus in particular on dealing with more advanced first aid concepts and training on the use of AED’s as well as airway adjuncts and oxygen therapy treatment and the team approach to patient care in first responder roles.  Students learn how to deal with traumatic type injury care and  specialized life-saving emergency measures to use wound packing and tourniquets to “Stop The Bleed – Save A Life Trauma Care Response.” The students will explore and develop an understanding of the complexities of stress and the effect that these stress filled career choices can have on a first responders’ mental health.  Students will build an understanding of the impact that critical incident stress management can have to minimize the impact of these environments and the supporting agencies that are exist to help first responders.  This course includes a variety of hands-on activities such as learning to deal with multiple casualty incidents, confined spaces and entrapment exercises to simulate a fire fighter escape during building collapse scenario, and other industry standard and practical experiential learning opportunities, and includes certification for BLS CPR.



Registration will be open April 15 -  May 30, 2024. 

For Existing FSD Students:

  1. Log into your Edsembli Family Portal (Parents)
  2. Select "Register New Student" under "New Registrations"
  3. Select "FSD Summer School" from dropdown list of schools
  4. Select "First Responder Program" from available courses
    • Upload your Detailed Academic Report (DAR) from MyPass.
      • For instructions on how to download your DAR, visit MyPass.

For Families New to FSD:

  1. Parents, visit our online registration portal to create an Edsembli Family Portal account.
  2. Click "Create Account". Once created, you will receive an activation email. You must activate your account to proceed.
  3. Upon login, you will be directed to a registration landing page, select "FSD Summer School" from the drop-down list. Click "Open" to complete the registration form. You must complete a form for each of your children participating in Summer School.
  4. Complete all the fields and where possible, upload necessary documents.
  5. Click the "Submit" button at the top right of the screen. You will have the option to download a PDF of your completed form.
  6. Your registration is now complete.

Need more information?

View Course Outline

Rob Gallacher, Principal
Summer School

With Generous Resource Donations From the Following Organizations 


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