What is a first responder?
Feb 13, 2013 | 808 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While First Responder training varies from state to state, typically, they are the first people to arrive on the scene. According to Daniel McHaney, who explains in the emergency medical field there are three levels: first responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.

First Responders in the U.S. can either provide emergency care first on the scene or support Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, provide basic first aid, CPR, automated external defibrillator use, spinal immobilization, oxygen and assists in emergency childbirth. Certified First Responders may also assist with providing glucose, aspirin and epi-pens. They are also trained in packaging, moving and transporting patients.

First Responders can serve as secondary providers with some volunteer EMS services. A certified First Responder can be seen either as an advanced first aid provider or as a limited provider of emergency medical care when more advanced providers are not on the scene or available.

Traditional First Responders could typically include firefighters and police officers.

Some non-traditional First Responders might include: park rangers, taxi drivers, utility workers, teachers, school bus drivers, security officers, bodyguards, pilots, flight attendants, sports coaches, athletic trainers, search and rescue personnel, lifeguards, ski patrollers, camp counselors, Boy and Girl Scout leaders.
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