Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Aid (including CPR)

Learn to think, react, and improvise in emergency situations dealing with adults, infants, and children.

Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Aid (EFA): Learn Basic Medical Emergency Procedures

You never know when you are going to find yourself in the midst of a medical emergency. Taking the proper actions without delay can help the situation from escalating and may even save someone’s life. Knowing how to respond when an adult, child or infant is suffering medical distress is a critical skill that everyone should learn.

The EFA course takes less time to complete than our Standard First Aid course, however you will still learn all the basics of what to do in an emergency. As this is an introductory course, no previous training in first aid is required for this 8 hour (one day) session.

As of September 1, 2018, Red Cross Emergency First Aid is considered equivalent to Occupational First Aid Level 1 for workplace occupational first aid attendants under the Health and Safety Regulations.  Some of the added benefits of taking a Red Cross EFA course are:

  • Certification is transferable between provinces and recognized nationally for workplace requirements. 
  •  Successful participants are issued three-year certification in EFA and CPR with recertification options (no need to take the full course over).  OFA Level 1 requires candidates to take the entire course again every three years.
  • OFA Level 1 only offers Level A CPR (adult only), whereas Red Cross EFA typically includes Level C CPR (adult, child and infant).

Why Take EFA?

Medical emergencies can happen at any time. They can happen to strangers, co-workers, friends, and family members. They can happen in the home, in the workplace or in a public setting. They can happen to adults and they can happen to children. Anyone who would like to know how to respond to such emergencies, is encouraged to take a course in emergency first aid and CPR.
A range of topics will be covered including the proper responses to emergencies such as choking, bleeding, circulatory and respiratory situations. CPR on adults, children as well as infants will be covered.

What to Expect During an EFA Course

The EFA course will consist of both theoretical (classroom) learning as well as some hands-on practical learning of various techniques. You will be working with other students as well as with training equipment (such as CPR dummies). It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing as you will be in and out of your seats throughout the course of the day.

What You Will Learn?

In Emergency First Aid, you will learn a variety of principles and techniques including:
  • Preparing to respond

  • The EMS system

  • Check, Call, Care

  • Airway emergencies

  • Breathing and circulation emergencies

  • First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest

  • Wound care


Upon completion of the session, students will be given a multiple choice exam which they must pass before receiving certification in EFA which will be valid for three years from the date of the course. 75% mark or higher is required for certification.

Why Choose ProSafe?

When you are looking for training for yourself or your employees, it is important to find the right school. ProSafe First Aid Training School is recognized by the Canadian Red Cross. This means that you will be learning the proper, most current techniques and that your certification will be recognized by your employer (or any other organization which requires you to be certified in EFA).

We offer flexible scheduling and can even arrange to come to your place of business or other organization for group sizes of eight or more.

Our instructors are all highly skilled and qualified individuals with a passion for helping you learn the principles of emergency first aid and CPR in a friendly atmosphere. Our primary objective is to make sure that you are competent and confident enough to perform these life saving techniques should you ever be in a situation where they are needed.