Emergency First Response

Who should Attend this course

This training is aimed at those looking to expand on the knowledge and skills of other courses such as basic first aid and first aid response. It may also useful for those who need a foundation in medical training who will 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.

Course Objectives
  1. Recognise and assess both common life‐threatening and common serious medical conditions in a pre‐hospital environment.
  2. React to a pre‐hospital emergency utilising appropriate EFR standard of care according to PHECC CPGs.
  3. Respond in an effective, safe and appropriate manner to a medical emergency and trauma in a pre‐hospital environment utilising the EFR skill set.
  4. Record and report their actions and interventions appropriately during management and at handover to emergency medical services.
  5. Retain a professional manner and approach in the performance of their duties as an EFR.
Course Programme
  • Cardiac First Response*
  • Primary survey
  • Secondary survey
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Continuum of pre‐hospital emergency care
  • Principles of lifting and moving
  • Pharmacology
  • Airway and ventilation
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Cardiovascular emergencies
  • General medical emergencies
  • Bleeding, shock and soft tissue injuries
  • Musculoskeletal, head and spinal injuries
  • Paediatrics
  • Childbirth
  • Information management
  • Communications
  • The wellbeing of the EFR
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Medico‐legal EFR

*if you are already CFR Trained you are exempted from the CFR module, Usually first day of training

Methods of training

The course is highly interactive with each theory session being followed by a demonstration, practical tasks and assessment of individual skills.

Assessment & Certification
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 course students will receive a joint 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.
Duration & Cost

EFR & CFR together is 6 days

cost €500 for the full two course

Just EFR Course

Cost is €450 per person

Entry Requirements

you must hold a valid CFR Certificate for entry. this can be standalone certificate or as part of the Occupational First Aid or First Aid Response

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.