​October 3rd 2015


​1) We have the highest pass rate at EMA Licencing at 92%

2) We allow students to come back in for free and practice which allows students to make sure they are 100% confident when going to licensing

​3) Firemedix uses actual equipment you would see at Licensing and in the field.

​4) All firemedix instructors are Firefighter/Paramedics or Firefighter/EMRs who have all passed Licensing. Other companies use EMRs who have no passed Licensing

​5) We give students opportunity to volunteer with first aid events that Firemedix is deployed at.

October 6th 2015


So why have departments moved from allowing people to be hired with the OFA 3 to now requiring the First Responder program. Basically it comes down to cost. Once you are hired as a firefighter (either career or volunteer) to be able to respond to medical calls legally you must have a First Responder license. So departments have realized that the cost of training can be saved, if they just change their hiring requirements. 

Basically, to make a long story short, Occupational First aid courses are regulated by Worksafe BC and allow a ticket holder to work on workers in a workplace, and an EMA license allows a ticket holder to work on the general public but not in the work place.

Questions I have been recently asked:

1) I have recently moved to the lower mainland from Ontario, are my certificates recognized?


     No unfortunately, to apply in the province of bc you need to have an EMA license in your hands.  Vancouver fire department changed their hiring requirements this year and if you didn't have your First Responder license you didn't move on. 

October 1st 2015

So there are a lot of questions about what's going with the First Responder program. So I called EMA licensing to have some of your questions answered:

Can a firefighter still do direct patient contact with an expired First Responder/Occupational Level 1,2,3 or First Responder Certificate?

If they do not hold a valid FR licence they are not permitted to do any patient contacts, but can still perform any regular duties.

These individuals should not be practicing as first responders under any circumstance, here is what it states in the Emergency Health Services Act:

12  A person must not assume or use the title "emergency medical assistant", or a title prescribed in a regulation under section 15 (2) (c), or otherwise represent himself or herself to be an emergency medical assistant unless the person is the holder of a valid and subsisting licence under this Act.

How does a firefighter who is expired get relicensed?

To renew your licence, follow these steps:

1.      Once training (if taken) and exams are complete, your evaluator submits your course results to the EMA Licensing Branch and your training agency.

2.      Complete and electronically submit the Application for Licence form. If you would like a photo on your licence, provide us with a colour photo that is less than one year old. You can attach a digital colour photo to the application for licence form or printed photos can be mailed to our office.

3.      Once both the course results and an application for licence form have been received the EMA Licensing Branch will process your licence.

Licence Extensions

If you are unable to complete the relicensing requirements prior to your licence expiring, you may apply for a 60 day extension of your licence if

Special circumstances exist, and

You make a request before licence expires.

To request an extension, submit the Request for Extension form (PDF, 280KB).

Who wears the liability if there is a problem with a patient or there is an incident and the responder is not licensed but renders aid?  Is it the city of the employee?

Licensing would hold no liability at all. Depending on the nature of the incident liability could fall on the individual, employer, municipal government and possibly others.


Can 1 person with a license have others act under their direction?


If an individual is not licenced they are not allowed to do any patient contact at all. They may not work under direct supervision of a licenced First Responded.


Can an Occupational First Aid 3 bridge down to a First Responder?


No. OFA 3 is Worksafe BC. In order to be a FR an approved program must be taken, then successfully complete EMALB FR examinations