Emergency Medical Responder

Job Description

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) level of practice opens a broad range of employment opportunities in health care and the essential services. Graduate EMRs progress into employment within Ambulance Services, Fire Departments, Police Services, Ski-Patrol and Rescue Agencies – just to name a few! Additionally, many EMR graduates use their training as a foundation to continue towards further studies in health care; such as nursing and medicine.

Role in the Community

Health care truly is a team effort, and an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) may be the first contact that a patient has with the health care system. This initial contact can have a huge impact on the patient outcome and overall satisfaction with our public health care system.EMR attendants interact and work collaboratively with other essential services agencies and professionals in the health care system.

A Typical Day

Here are three different employment examples:

Ambulance Service: Every call and every patient are different; nothing remains the same – and that is the best part! EMR Attendants working in an Ambulance Service respond to diverse emergencies when people need help the most.

Ski Patrol: A medic on the ski-hill has the responsibility to search, rescue and perform emergency medical skills in a challenging environment. Patients may need to be transported down the hill in your care or flown out on a helicopter.

First-Aid Attendant: Picture the responsibility (and the reward) that comes with being the sole health care provider for occupational or industrial workers

Qualifications/Academic Requirements

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is an entry-level course for individuals who are interested in health care profession. No previous training or experience is required to be successful in the EMR course. Individuals must be 16 years of age with Grade 10 English (or equivalent).

Physical Requirements

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) attendants must be physically and psychologically fit to function in the classroom and in the profession. The training and the profession can be physically challenging (e.g. lifting and transferring patients).A statement of fitness is completed by each candidate as a part of the registration process.

Program of Study

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is offered in a full-time (15 days) format, or part-time (7 weekend workshops). Shorter “EMR Bridge” courses are available for individuals with an Occupational First Aid III or BC First Responder license or for candidates who wish to refresh their previous EMR skills. Graduates receive Emergency Medical Responder Certification from the Justice Institute of BC.

To practice as a licensed Emergency Medical Responder in British Columbia, students must also complete a formal evaluation conducted by the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Licensing Branch. For more information, visit http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/ema/

The EMR course is a prerequisite for the Paramedic Academy’s Primary Care Paramedic program.


Salary for Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) attendants can vary greatly depending on employment and location. Typical entry-level EMR positions pay approximately $15.00 - $20.00 per hour. Depending on experience and job location, EMR attendants can make up to $30.00 - $40.00 per hour.

Employers & Job Prospects

Employment demand is high from Ambulance Services and Industry. Paramedic Academy EMR graduates are finding employment in urban and remote communities not only in British Columbia, but also in Alberta and other parts of Canada

More Information

Contact Registration at 604.528.5590 or toll free 1.877.528.5591; studentservices@jibc.ca

Last updated January 12, 2019