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First Responder Courses



Course Prerequisites:
none


Intended Audience:


First Responder Initial:
This course, adhering to current  Department of Transportation National Guidelines,  is designed for individuals working in the fire, law enforcement, rescue services, industrial environments, school teachers, or any other person that may be the first to respond to an emergency. This course includes the American Heart Association BLS (CPR) Healthcare Provider initial course. We can easily adapt this course to fit varied work schedules. Please contact us for details. 


First Responder Renewal
: This course follows the current guidelines established by the Tennessee Division of EMS for State First Responder Certification Renewal. This continuing education hour course is designed to assist the First Responder in maintaining First Responder Certification. Topics include: AHA BLS (CPR) Healthcare Provider Renewal and course completion card, legal and ethical issues, basic human anatomy and physiology review, medical and trauma patient assessment, airway management, medical and trauma emergencies, childbirth, infants and children,  rescue and EMS operations,  Safety/Hazard communication & documentation, and TN EMS updates. Successful completion of this course will renew certification of the First Responder as well as provide nationally-recognized Continuing Education Hours for EMTs and EMT-Paramedics toward License renewal. This course is usually completed in one session and can easily be modified to fit your need.


Course Details


These courses are conducted within the current guidelines as published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Tennessee Division of EMS.  All First Responder  courses must be pre-approved by the Tennessee Division of EMS. Course completion verification may be used for continuing education units (CEU) towards State First Responder Certification and State EMT or EMT-Paramedic License renewal and National Registry re-registration. 


Course Fees


Pre-registration is required for either course.


Fees for the First Responder Initial Course include:  course instruction fee;  American Heart Association
  BLS (CPR) Initial Course with required textbook and course completion card; First Responder Textbook and workbook; course materials (paperwork, handouts, etc); the State of TN Initial Application and Initial Certification Fees; National Registry  initial application and initial certification fees; completion and submission of the State and National Registry initial documents. 

Fees for the First Responder Renewal Course include:  course instruction fee,  American Heart Association  BLS (CPR) Renewal Course with course completion card, course materials (paperwork, handouts, etc), and post-course completion certificates. 

Course Fees do NOT include:   Participants are responsible for providing their own CPR pocket mask and bandage sheers, which are available for purchase (wholesale price) on the first day of class.


The State of Tennessee utilzes the National Registry examinations as the Initial State Certification examination. Therefore, successful completion of a State approved First Responder Course taught by a State approved First Responder Instructor through and approved by the State EMS Regional Consultant, with submission of required documentation and fees, and successful completion of the National Registry written examination are required for Initial Certification as a First Responder in Tennessee. If further information is required please contact either your TN EMS Regional Consultant or the State EMS office.