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PHECC Cardiac First Response (CFR) Communitybook here

Entry Requirements

  • None
  • If a learner has an impairment which may affect their ability to complete a practical skill (e.g. CPR) they should notify the RI/Instructor prior to commencement of the course to discuss options

Age Requirements

  • No minimum, however a course participant should be mature enough to comprehend the knowledge, skills and implications associated with defibrillation.

Maximum Number of Learners per Course

  • 6

Course Duration

  • Minimum of 4 Hours

Course Content

  • Patient Assessment
  • Cardiac Emergencies
  • Accessing and Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Respiration & Airway obstruction.
  • Basic life support.
  • Use of Face Mask Barrier Devices
  • Recovery (safe airway) Position
  • Aspirin Administration for Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Scene Management, Safety & Communication


Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise the signs of a life threatening emergency.
  • Respond in a safe, effective and appropriate manner to a life threatening emergency, utilising the basic life support skills
  • Retrieve and appropriately use, if required, an automated defibrillator during a cardiac arrest
  • Record and Report actions and interventions appropriately and handover to emergency medical services.


  • Assessment using the PHECC’s CFR Community assessment sheet


  • Cardiac First Response PHECC/RI certificate, valid for two years