First Responder Training


401 Introduction to EMS Systems: Part 1

Teaches first responders and others about the Emergency Medical Service system, including its components, levels of emergency personnel, and training. The in-hospital care system is also discussed. (1.0 CEs)

402 Introduction to EMS Systems: Part 2

Continues on the teaching from 401 Introduction to EMS Systems: Part 1. Part 2 covers such issues as the methods used to ensure the quality of patient care, including certification, medical oversight, and continuous quality improvement. (0.5 CEs)

403 Well-Being of the First Responder

Examines stress that first responders may experience, how it can be reduced, and how it affects the responders’ families. Other topics include Critical Incident Stress Management, reactions to death, communicating with dying victims and their families, scene safety assessment, emergency response hazards, physical hazards such as chemicals and bloodborne pathogens, and personal protective equipment. (1.0 CEs)

404 Legal and Ethical Issues

Focuses on the ethical responsibilities of a first responder. It defines such terms as scope of practice, standard of care, abandonment, negligence, and breach of duty. Complex issues such as dealing with patient confidentiality, death, and crime scenes are discussed. (1.0 CEs)

405 The Human Body

Provides first responders with an overview of the human body. This course defines key words used to describe the human body; lists the body’s organ systems; explores the functions of the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, and other systems; and discusses the function of the skin. (1.0 CEs)

406 Lifting and Moving Patients

Techniques for lifting and moving patients and for preventing injuries by utilizing proper body mechanics are examined in this course. Topics explored in this comprehensive course include risk factors for injury, injury prevention, assistive equipment, and the differences among emergency, urgent, and non-urgent moves. (1.0 CEs)

407 Body Substance Isolation

Defines body substance isolation, discusses some of the diseases to which first responders may be exposed, how they can be transmitted, and provides them with methods, such as the use of personal protective equipment, to prevent exposure to infectious diseases. (1.0 CEs)

408 Interpersonal Communications

Addresses reacting to traumatic events, helping victims cope with traumatic events, communicating with children, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities, understanding cultural differences when communicating, discussing sensitive topics, and discussing death and dying appropriately. (1.0 CEs)

409 Airway: Part 1

Explains the major parts of the respiratory system, protective equipment for first responders, techniques for opening airways, common signs of respiratory distress, foreign body obstructions, and airway adjuncts or devices. (1.0 CEs)

410 Airway: Part 2

Explains the difference between ventilation and oxygen therapy, how to determine when rescue breathing is needed, rescue breathing for unconscious patients, rescue breathing methods, hazards associated with oxygen, preferred method for providing oxygen, and procedures for helping victims with COPD, stomas, and dentures. (0.5 CEs)

411 Patient Assessment: Part 1

Explains the main components of patient assessment, hazards at the scene, protection from on-scene hazards, ways to determine the nature of injuries or illness, assessment priorities, and interventions needed to stabilize the patient. (0.5 CEs)

412 Patient Assessment: Part 2

Explains why it is important to get a detailed patient assessment and when they should be performed. The course also lists the normal ranges of each of the baseline vital signs, outlines the steps for taking a complete patient history, describes good interview techniques for different types of patients, outlines the steps in a detailed physical exam, and introduces some memory aids that help first responders remember specific assessment steps. (1.0 CEs)

413 Patient Assessment: Part 3

Reviews the five steps of a complete assessment and discusses what to check for in the ongoing assessment to ensure patient stability. It also outlines the communication and documentation measures required for patient transfer of care. Finally, the learner has a chance to practice the entire patient assessment sequence. (1.0 CEs)

414 Circulation

Teaches first responders about the components of the human circulatory system and their functions. In addition to the circulatory process, the course explains the intricacies of the heart, blood, and blood vessels, including naming and locating the major arteries. The signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest, high blood pressure, and shock are also examined. (1.0 CE)

415 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Is based upon American Heart Association Guidelines and upon the training you would receive if you were to take a basic CPR course from a national organization like the American Heart Association. Although this course does not provide certification for basic CPR, it will discuss the techniques you should use if you encounter an emergency where someone is in cardiac arrest — including infants, children, and adults. This course is technical in nature and should be taken along with, or in review of, an actual instructor-led, hands-on course. This course is written to the average first responder, with additional information highlighted for persons trained as EMTs or as other healthcare providers. (1.0 CEs)

416 Medical Emergencies: Part 1

Explains the importance of immediate intervention of life-threatening illnesses or conditions, symptoms and signs of life-threatening injuries or illness, different states of consciousness, prehospital care for transport patients, steps for respiratory and cardiac emergencies, steps for poisoning and allergic reaction patients, and exposure treatment. (0.5 CEs)

417 Medical Emergencies: Part 2

Outlines quick and appropriate prehospital care for the signs and symptoms of specific problems related to shock, respiratory and cardiac failure, altered mental status, poisoning, and environmental illnesses. (1.0 CEs)

418 Behavioral Medical Emergencies

Explores the inherent dangers and causes of behavioral emergencies and how to provide emergency medical care in these cases. Therapeutic interviewing skills and documenting cases are addressed as are recognition of and special considerations for suicidal patients. The responder will also learn how to identify signals from potentially violent patients. (1.0 CEs)

419 Bleeding and Soft Tissue Injuries

Examines arterial, venous, and capillary bleeding; control of external bleeding; signs of internal bleeding and shock; care of patients experiencing internal bleeding and shock; types and care of open soft tissue injuries; care of patients with penetrating chest injuries, open wounds to the abdomen, or impaled object injuries; amputation care; care of head, mouth, nose, face, eyes, and eyelid injuries. (1.0 CEs)

420 Burn Treatment

Addresses burn evaluation, including the Rule of Nines; self-protection when treating a burn patient; common burn agents; burn classification; characteristics of superficial and full-thickness burns; burn classification by severity; burn complications; smoke inhalation; emergency treatment for thermal, electrical and chemical burns; and emergency treatment for burns of the eyes. (1.0 CEs)

421 Bandaging and Splinting

Addresses the functions of a dressing and a bandage and the recognition of both. The course also describes the proper methods for applying each type of dressing or bandage and when to apply them. In addition, it provides the steps for applying a pressure dressing, and describes the effects of improperly applied dressings and tourniquets. This course also explains the reasons for splinting, the general rules that apply to the practice, and common splinting errors. (1.0 CEs)

422 Injuries to Muscles and Bones

Explains the function of the musculoskeletal system, differences between and open and closed extremity injury, mechanisms of musculoskeletal injuries, common musculoskeletal injuries, relationships between types of accidents and musculoskeletal injuries, emergency medical care for painful, swollen deformed extremities, and signs and symptoms for major musculoskeletal injuries. (1.0 CEs)

423 Head and Spine Injuries

Examines the mechanisms of head and spinal injuries and lists injury signs and symptoms. Assessing head and spinal injuries in both responsive and unresponsive patients is addressed as well as emergency care, including basic immobilization techniques. (1.0 CEs)

424 Emergency Childbirth

Reviews the anatomy of pregnancy and the stages of labor. Then, the course discusses the role of the first responder in emergency situations, including how they should prepare and assist the mother in delivery. Finally, it outlines the appropriate after-birth care of the mother and baby, including further emergency steps to take if complications arise. (1.0 CEs)

425 Pediatric Patient Assessment

Discusses the role of the responder during emergencies involving children and outlines several assessment techniques appropriate for children and infants, as well as for those with special needs. Techniques discussed include the PAT, TICLS, CUPS, and PGCS methods. This course also discusses appropriate ways to identify and transport young priority patients. (0.5 CEs)

426 Treatment Consent Issues

Examines valid, expressed, and implied consent and explains how to obtain consent for providing medical care, including care for minors and incompetent adults. The course also addresses refusal of care or transport. Advance directives, healthcare proxy agents, and legalities of restraint are other key topics. (0.5 CEs)

427 Clandestine Drug Labs

Addresses methamphetamine, meth abusers, and places where meth labs are likely to be hidden; methamphetamine production; hazards unique to clandestine labs; common signs and indicators of meth lab presence; minimizing risk when a clandestine lab is suspected or discovered; how to secure a lab site as part of an investigation; and how to handle special situations such as contamination and child care. (0.5 CEs)

428 Domestic Violence

Examines the root causes and types of domestic violence; steps for law enforcement and EMT responses to domestic violence; and roles of other first responders in domestic violence cases. (1.0 CEs)

429 Basic First Aid

Is based upon Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Guidelines and upon training you would receive if you were to take a basic first aid course from a national organization like the American Red Cross. While this course does not provide certification, it is ideal as a study guide or as refresher training for people who will soon be or who are already certified in basic first aid. This course is intended for the lay public and immediate first responders. (1.0 CEs)

430 Responding to Terrorism

Defines terrorism and lists the indicators of potential terrorist attacks. The course will help to prepare a responder by discussing different agents a terrorist might use, the procedures they should follow to prepare for an event and to preserve evidence should one occur, and the different agencies involved in an emergency response. The course also discusses methods a responder can use to protect themselves and others from possible terrorism event hazards. (1.5 CEs)

431 EMS Operations

Addresses the following primary topics: phases of an out-of-hospital call, ambulance and equipment preparation, the role of emergency medical dispatch, and special privileges for emergency vehicles. Service area familiarity, on-scene protocol for emergency vehicles, air rescue requests, and landing site selection also are examined. (1.0 CEs)

432 Fundamentals of Extrication

Examines the extrication process, inner circle PPE, scene size-up and information relay, common hazards in the inner and outer circles, staging equipment, and stabilizing vehicles. The difference between simple and complex access is explored, as well as protecting the patient during extrication, use of common rescue tools, immobilizing entrapped patients, and rapid extrication. (1.0 CEs)

433 Hazardous Materials

Explains what to do when hazardous materials are present at a scene and how to identify them. Also examined are the symptoms of exposure to a hazardous material, first responder roles during a hazardous materials situation, how to approach a hazardous situation, types of hazards, and OSHA and NFPA requirements for EMS providers and first responders. (1.0 CEs)

434 Multiple Casualty Incidents

Explores the criteria for and types of multiple casualty incidents. This course also discusses static and dynamic situations, preparations for multiple casualty incidents, local disaster plans, implementation of the Incident Command System, the role of Command, clear text and communication, the role of the first unit on the scene, on-scene reports, EMS sector functions, basic and secondary triage, and patient identification. (1.0 CEs)

435 Pediatric Medical Emergencies

Summarizes common unintentional injuries, illnesses, and physiological concerns that are common to young children and babies. Topics include the management of airway, breathing, circulation, and mental status emergencies, as well as the role of the responder in handling suspected child abuse and fatalities. (1.0 CEs)

436 Chemistry for First Responders

Guides the first responder through the fundamental concepts of chemistry and basic atomic structure. This course also addresses safety and environmental compliance, writing chemical formulas, common units of physical and chemical properties, MSDS and SOP terms and acronyms, and acids and bases. Other topics include hazards posed by changing states of matter, unstable chemicals, polymerization, and unintentional mixing. (1.5 CEs)

<Back to Training Library