The EFR course is designed to give participants the competencies to assess and assist patients in a pre-hospital environment with a wide range of traumatic injuries and medical emergencies. Learners become familiar with the safe operation of ambulance equipment to treat a casualty and stabilise injuries while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance.

The course includes the administration of Oxygen, suctioning, and the use of oropharyngeal airways. The EFR’s scope of practice for trauma patients extends to manual stabilisation of the cervical spine, helmet removal, vacuum splints, spinal boards and collar application. Assisting with the self-administration of certain prescribed medications is also included.

An Emergency First Responder should be committed to the process of continuous responder competence and will be required to maintain their levels of skill in both CFR and EFR at defined intervals.

Suitable for: Everyone
Certified By: PHECC 
Duration: 5 Days
Preconditions: Should have completed a CFR or FAR course
Books Required: First Responder Care Essentials provided
Certificate Valid For: 3 years
Class Size: maximum of 8
Cost: Contact [email protected] 


Introduction to Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
– The well-being of the Emergency First Responder
– Information management and the PHECC Clinical Handbook

– Anatomy and physiology

Patient Assessment
– Baseline vitals and SAMPLE history
– Patient assessment
– Respiratory Emergencies
– Management of airway and breathing
– Respiratory emergencies.

Medical Emergencies
– Cardiac first response – Advanced level
– Cardiovascular emergencies
– General medical emergencies

Obstetric Emergencies
– Childbirth

– Bleeding, shock, and soft tissue injuries
– Musculoskeletal, head, and spinal injuries

Paediatric Emergencies
– Infants and children

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Operations
– Principles of lifting and moving.

Professional Development
– Communications

Clinical Procedures
– Pharmacology
– Infection prevention and control