According to the definition of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, a first responder:
Provides emergency services and stabilization to a person whose condition requires care, in accordance with clinical intervention protocols at a recognized level of training.
He/She works together with the ambulance paramedics. The first responder applies treatment protocols to prevent deterioration of the condition of the person in distress and transfers responsibility for care to the ambulance paramedics when they arrive at the scene.
Within the HFD’s competencies is a Level 3 First Responders division, a service that is offered throughout our territory since 1992. This service consists of providing basic care to victims of vital emergencies from priority 0 to 3 until the arrival of Cetam. A priority 0 (P0) call is the highest priority call and is considered life threatening which requires an immediate intervention. Cardiac or respiratory arrests are examples of P0 calls. The types of emergency calls that first responders respond to are established and governed by the Health and Social Services Center.
To respond effectively to emergency calls, HFD vehicles have been designed to accommodate the equipment needed for first responders. The equipment is state-of-the-art in pre-hospital emergency care, compatible with Cetam equipment and in line with standards established by the Health and Social Services Center.
For more information on the First Responders division:
Daniel Leblanc, Assistant Director, Hudson Fire Service