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Cardiac First Responder (Advanced)

Cardiac First Responder Advanced

OUTLINE: A cardiac first responder Advanced 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.


FOR: Entry to the CFR Advanced level is aimed at persons who may be working in the emergency medical services, fire and rescue services or a healthcare professional working in healthcare facilities or in the community. CFR Advanced level is the pre or co‐requisite for entry to PHECC’s Fire First Response, Emergency First Response, EMT and paramedic courses. In addition to responding to patients in the course of their duties responders can provide life-saving skills in their homes and communities.


If there is a concern about maintaining competency in all the required CFR Advanced level skills (in particular BVM), the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council recommends that an individual consider seriously that CFR Community level is more appropriate.


OBJECTIVES: In addition to the competencies taught at CFR Community level, the Advanced level course teaches the use of:

  • an oropharyngeal airway (OPA)
  • supraglottic airway (SGA) uncuffed devices
  • bag valve mask (BVM)
  • pulse checks
  • 2‐person CPR
  • oxygen administration and post resuscitation care.


CERTIFICATION:   Successful completion of the CFR Advanced standard leads to the award of the joint recognised institution and PHECC award. This award ensures that the responder has fulfilled the educational and training requirements as prescribed by PHECC, thereby possessing the knowledge, skills and professionalism in line with the expectations of the public and the profession. It is recommended that the cardiac first responder ensure their ongoing competency by participation in annual refresher training and certification every two years.



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