Members are initially trained to a Standard First Aid level and through weekly meetings and additional training they can achieve their advanced rating aligning them with the Alberta Health Services provincial Medical First Responder (MFR).
In Basic training members learn how to perform a pre-hospital patient assessment, Healthcare Provider CPR w/ AED, and the skills necessary to assist a person with life threatening conditions such as choking, severe bleeding and cardiac arrest. This training meets or exceeds the Alberta requirements for Standard First Aid. Cadets follow the medical control guidelines established by Alberta Health Services.
In Advanced training members will build on the skills learned in the previous training and further expand their knowledge base in anatomy and physiology, advanced pre-hospital patient assessments, use of airway adjuncts, testing of blood glucose levels and symptom relief medications. This training exceeds the Alberta requirements for Advanced First Aid and aligns with the Alberta Health Services Medical First Responder level of training used by many professional fire departments.
Alberta Health Services EMS sponsors the EMS Cadet program, we are not directly affiliated with Alberta Health Services. The EMS Cadets is an interdependently owned and operated non-profit association in the province of Alberta.
Our program is not associated with the Alberta College of Paramedics. In a recent correspondence the college stated “The College has no objective evidence at this time that there is a need for additional educational institutions, programs or program sites.”