A first response leader is the first medically trained person to arrive at an emergency situation. Whether the responder is a security officer, policeman, firefighter, or clerk, this is a highly stressful and intense position requiring a person with poise.Thinking and Delegating Skills
A first response leader must have superior thinking and delegating stills to handle emergency situations. He must recognize the severity of the situation and then come up with the most effective plan to solve problems.
A first responder must be able to translate her assessment of the situation and quickly give other responders instructions. Medical Training
At minimum, a first response leader should have some knowledge of first aid. Knowledge of CPR, and other first aid basics is important, as a large part of a responder's job is to provide pre-hospital help, which often includes stabilizing a victim long enough for an ambulance to arrive.
The first responder training is intended to fill the gap between First Aid and EMT-Basic. A certified first responder can be seen either as an advanced first aid provider, or as a somewhat limited provider of emergency medical care. Topics include:
Introduction to the EMS System
The Well Being of the First Responder
Legal and Ethical Issues
The Human Body
Lifting and Moving Patients
Advanced Airway Management
CPR / AED
Bleeding and Soft Tissue Injuries
Muscle and Bone Injuries
Pediatric and Infant Emergencies
American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) First Responder