First Responder
First Responder Kit photo
In our neck of the woods, fire departments are routinely called for assistance when someone activates the Emergency 911 system. Sometimes a matter of minutes can mean life or death, so a quick response from emergency medical help, (especially in rural areas) is needed.
To fill this need, our firefighters are trained as First Responder level III Emergency Medical Assistants, by our volunteer instructors certified through the Justice Institute of BC.
Being a First Responder requires an ongoing education in Emergency scene management, Patient assessment, Treatment, and Oxygen therapy. Though FR's are trained in managing a delicate spine if necessary, there is a separate more intense module on Spinal Immobilization. In addition certain First Responders are also licensed users of the AED (Semi-Automatic External Defibrilators) also referred to as "Shock Paddles". The AED endorsement requires that the users re-certify no later than every 90 days.

For more details on any of the above topics, please click on them.

First Responder Kit Bag Contents.
*Technical Stuff

Compartment A

  • Aluminum Clipboard (with a notepad)
  • FR Forms
  • Pens
  • Pocket masks w/one-way valves
  • Bag-valve-mask reservoir (BVM)
  • Child Bag-valve-mask, mask
  • Set oropharyngeal airways (8 in each set)
  • V-Vac Unit and tip
  • Standard adult O2 masks
  • Standard child O2 masks
  • Non-rebreather adult O2 masks
  • Non-rebreather child O2 mask
  • Rolls/coils O2 tubing
  • 500ml bottle Saline w/ eye sleeves
  • Med. burn pack or Burn blanket
  • 12" x 12" Polygauze
  • 18" x 18" Polygauze
  • 36" x 36" Polygauze
  • Alcare Foamed or Gel alcohol

    Compartment B

  • Pressure Dressings
  • 8" x 10" ABD Pads
  • 6" x 8" or 5" x 9" ABD Pads
  • 10" x 30" Multi-trauma
  • 3" cling (cotton) bandage
  • 3" crepe (tensor) bandage
  • 1" cloth tape
  • 1" Transpor (hypoallergenic)
  • Zip-lock bag of 4" x 4" Gauze pads
  • 4" x 4" Gauze pads / Sponges
  • 3" x 4" Telfa or Melolite pads
  • Esmarch (occlusive dressing)
  • Zip-lock Mixed Band-aids

    Compartment C

  • Ring pad
  • Triangular Bandages
  • SAM Splints
  • Hot Packs
  • Cold Packs

    Compartment D

  • Pairs Med. Surgical Gloves (Non-Sterile)
  • Pairs Surgical Gloves (Sterile)
  • Surgical masks
  • Pair of safety goggles
  • Tongue Depressors
  • Glucopaks
  • O2 Wrench (spare)

    Compartment E

  • Pair Scissors
  • Pen light
  • Pen (spare)
  • Zap Straps / Speed Straps
  • 500ml Savlodil bottle (with spray nozzle)
  • FR Kit Bag Icon

    Oxygen Therapy

    Administering oxygen can play a large part in giving effective first aid. We carry an E-Size Oxygen bottle (filled with Compressed Oxygen) fitted with a regulator and carrying harness, (*see the picture at the top of the page). We carry many types of masks to deliver the pure oxygen to the patients. (*see compartment A of the Kit Bag.) the rate of flow delivered, (Litres Per Minute) is determined by the type of mask and the patients medical physiology.


    Our AED semi-Automatic External Defibrilator (a.k.a. Shock Paddles) is used to send an electric charge of about 200 to 360 joules through the human heart when the heart is not beating properly, i.e.: fibrillating (jiggling) or in tachycardia (beating to fast to be effective). If CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) hasn't been started within 4 minutes of pulselessness, the AED will not usually be able to help. The Metchosin Volunteer Fire Department has therefore been working on developing a Metchosin Community-Wide CPR program. Please see Local Events page for more details.

    Spinal Immobilization

    The Management of Spinal Injuries module is designed to teach First Responders how to: Identify spinal injuries, use the various devices designed to immobilize, lift, and / or extricate patients with suspected spinal injuries and to perform the different spinal grips and rolls on patients with suspected spinal injury. However, the easiest way to minimize spinal injuries, is still to leave the patient in the position found until help arrives. WARNING: If the patient is in immediate danger, i.e. fire or traffic, etc. AND it is safe for you to do so, by all means, move the patient to a safer location.

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