Firefighters are often the first emergency response personnel on the scene of an emergency, but are not permitted to use certain medical devices, like an epi auto-injector. When there are BC Ambulance Service delays or firefighters find themselves in remote rescue scenarios, it is beneficial to the patient if firefighters have the skills to assist patients to use life-saving medications. However, responding fire fighters must work within the scope of their license and within their level of training. For this reason, Iridia supports first responders transitioning from an EMA-FR to an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) license level.
EMR license protocols outline the roles and responsibilities of firefighters and paramedics who respond to a medical emergency on-scene. The goal of the protocols is to quickly identify and respond to any potential life threatening medical emergency.
Using the EMR protocols provides firefighters with better tools to attend to a patient’s needs. It allows firefighters to use additional pain relief as well as immobilization tools when responding to emergency situations.
Top 10 Benefits of an EMR License
- 80 additional hours of training which provides a greater ability to diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of illnesses
- Ability to provide an effective way to relieve a patient’s pain through the use of Entonox
- Having basic diagnostic tools such as blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeter use covered within the EMR license level
- Training in patient transport and packaging techniques which exactly mirror the BC Ambulance Service
- Having a license level which meets national standards instead of the local FR3 license
- Ability to provide “symptom relief” medications such as ASA and Nitro to patients
- A license that does not require a re-certification course every three years
- Additional training on how to provide more in-depth patient charting
- Access to a wider range of Continuing Medical Education programs to maintain skills
- The ability to provider a higher level of care to patients in need
Our EMR program is just the beginning. We believe in a bright future for BC fire departments and their delivery of pre-hospital care.