Cardiac First Response Community


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Course Description


Course Aim:

A cardiac first responder Community level is a person trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who can respond to someone who has suddenly collapsed. A cardiac first responder plays a critical role in keeping a person alive until the commencement of expert medical care

Course Objectives:

On completion of this course, learners will be able to;

  1. Recognise the signs of a life-threatening emergency.
  2. Respond in an effective, safe and appropriate manner, to a life-threatening emergency, utilising basic life support skills.
  3. Retrieve and appropriately use, if required, an automated external defibrillator during a cardiac arrest.
  4. Report and Record their actions and interventions appropriately and handover to emergency medical services.

Course Programme:

  • Basic Emergency Care
  • Accessing and use of an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Safety and Communication

Training Methods:

This course is classroom based, delivered by a combination of theory lessons, practical skills and practice sessions, with the use of video throughout. The assessment will be skills based.

Who Should Attend?

This course is specifically designed for those who wish to become a Cardiac First Responder at community level ( Basic Life Support providers) or those wishing to refresh their CFR skills.

Course participants may have their skills assessed throughout or at the end of the course. An assessment sheet has been developed by PHECC. The Responder Level Examination Handout for Recognised Institutions(PUB004) can be used to guide assessment. The mandatory
component is:
a) Skills assessment using PHECC’s CFR Community assessment sheet.

Additional Information:

  • Maximum of 8 learners
  • Course duration: 4 hours
  • Successful course participants will receive a  jointly awarded RECFIRSTAID LTD / PHECC CFR Community card/certificate which is vaild for 2 years. 

Generally the full CFR course is recommended in order to recertify in CFR, however, the principles of recognition of prior learning apply. Consequently some cohorts may undertake a renewal course of shorter duration.