Many Saskatchewan residents have heard about the important role Medical First Responders (MFRs) have in a medical or traumatic emergency in their community. This volunteer group provides interim medical care between the time of the 911 call and arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). They work closely with EMS to deliver the best emergency care for the patient. EMS response time can vary depending on location and availability of units, so having medically trained volunteers embedded in communities can mean the difference between life and death.
MFRs go through a 44-hour training course and certification process. They are registered with the Ministry of Health and have to keep their skills current and sharp. Every MFR undergoes a mandatory re-certification process every two years. This year is a recertification year for this Regina area group and their training has begun. They will not only brush up on their skills, they’ll add some new skills to their already considerable toolkit.
If you would like to know more about the Medical First Responders, or how you can become one, please contact your local EMS team.
Regina Area Medical First Responders practicing their skills with Regina EMS instructors at the April 13, 2019 recertification training session.