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Responsive First Aid has been delivering first aid training and certification in the Kootenays since 2006

Our Red Cross certified training courses offer skills for individuals needing training for the workplace or for those interested in having first aid skills so they can respond to emergencies at home. Non-certification workshops offer training for those looking for an introduction to first aid training or those with a specific topic interest.

Canadian Red Cross is Canada’s largest first aid certifying body. Core First Aid & CPR courses offer lifesaving first aid skills. Certification courses cover cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults, children, and babies (according to the level of CPR included). Certification courses meet legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards. 

Ask about the courses below and we can arrange dates and venues for your group.

Also available as a blended program.

Blended courses are offered half on-line and then the candidate attends an in-person session to review skills and complete a knowledge evaluation. Participants must complete the online component prior to attending the in-person session, within 5 weeks, of online completion. 

We can also offer several online options for current first aid and safety-related topics: 

Bloodborne Pathogens

Cannabis in the Workplace

Fire Safety

Lockout / Tagout

Medical Terminology

TDG – Online

TDG – Energy Course

WHMIS 2015

Inside an Ambulance


A basic first aid skill that often underpins your other certification.  Some jurisdictions or professional certifications require CPR to be re-certified more than the 3-year national recertification period.  CPR comes in two varieties: ‘C’ covers all ages; ‘A’ only covers adults.  Like AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) training, CPR C is covered in all of our core programs unless explicitly stated. CPR C is required for some post-secondary courses like Nursing and Paramedic.


This is a 7.5 hour ‘just the essentials’ course. It covers scene safety and legal issues in first aid, Initial assessment, and critical interventions (like airway issues, CPR-C/AED, Acute Bleeding) and minor injuries. We also cover BC Health and Safety, and documentation, because this is considered equivalent to WorkSafeBC, Occupational First Aid, Level 1. This can be offered in-person or blended (see note above about blended courses).

NB: EFA and SFA can both be offered in CPR-A, or BLS certification can be included.

First Aid Kit
Flu Shot


This is the national first aid recognized across the country as workplace first aid in most jurisdictions (including recently in BC).  This 14 – 15-hour course includes everything in the EFA course, but on day two covers head and spinal injuries, muscle bone and joint injuries, environmental injuries, poisoning, and sudden medical emergencies.   This is the required course for many professional qualifications, including RCMP depot, Registered Massage Therapy and some care-aid service providers.  While there are jurisdictional mandatory curricula we can emphasize and adapt some elements of this course to better suit the needs of particular clients. This can be offered in-person or blended (see note above about blended courses)

NB: EFA and SFA can both be offered in CPR-A, or BLS certification can be included.


This is a provincially mandated course required by licensed childcare workers in BC.  The focus is on child health and safety issues, particularly, but not exclusively, found in daycare settings.  This is approximately 8-hours.  Not just for childcare professionals, this is a great course for parents and grandparents, as well as anyone who works with, or cares for, children.

First Aid for a broken arm
Thinking Man


Designed to promote resiliency and reduce the impact of loss and trauma. It provides knowledge and skills for people to live life through understanding stressors and traumas that impact them, and helps learners gain an understanding of how to recognize when someone else is experiencing distress and how to offer help. 

The program includes three participant level courses – Psychological First Aid– Self-Care and Psychological First Aid–Caring for Others are online courses, and Psychological First Aid (PFA), is an instructor-led course. Through the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model, learners will build a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss and grief, and how to develop skills for self-care (helping individuals understand personal protective factors). 

Ready to sign up for one of our courses? Have more questions about our First Aid courses? Contact Darcey via the link below.

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