Medical First Responder
The first level of certification and licensure as an EMS Provider is called the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). This is the name recognized by the national certifying organization National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). This organization is recognized by many states in the US for testing purposes in order to receive certification and eventually licensure as an EMS Provider. Michigan is one of the states to recognize the NREMT, and students must successfully complete the testing and achieve certification through the NREMT before applying for state licensure.
Michigan recognizes the EMR as the Medical First Responder (MFR), which is used interchangeably with the term “EMR.” A MFR can work on an ambulance providing medical care, but has to work with an EMT-Basic, and is not permitted to solely provide the medical care to a patient while en route to definitive care; there must also be an EMT-B who is responsible for the primary medical care of the patient who must also be in the back with the MFR in the patient compartment while en route. MFR’s are allowed to drive the ambulance, and are usually employed on the engine for Fire Departments in order to help stabilize the patient and provide initial care while the ambulance is on its way.
MFRs can administer oxygen, provide spinal immobilization, perform CPR with AED use, bandage wounds and immobilize fractures. They also provide the important role of collecting initial scene size up, first impression of the patient condition upon arrival at the scene, patient history and gathering medical information, and establish the all-important baseline vitals.
MFR’s can also assist EMT-s and Paramedics on scene with duties as requested, such as performing chest compressions, extricating patients, and helping to assist patients from the scene and onto the ambulance by use of a stretcher. MFRs are also often requested to establish important radio communication with dispatch and incoming hospital radio reports in certain situations.
In order to maintain their NREMT certification, Providers must renew by March of the year of its expiration by getting Continuing Education credits in the required areas or by attending a Refresher course, as outlined by the NREMT. Recertification can also be obtained by retaking the NREMT cognitive and psychomotor examinations. Information on initial and recertification can be found on the NREMT’s website.
Once certified, candidates must submit their application to the state(s) in which they would like to become licensed and apply for their state EMS Provider license. Each state has different requirements for EMS licensure, so it is important to contact each state's EMS Division for specific information for that state. In Michgan, an EMS Provider license is valid for three (3) years and continuing education credits must be obtained in specific areas before the license expiration date in order for the license to be renewed. The link to the State of Michigan's EMS division can be found by clicking here.
Medical First Responder
Spring 2018 Schedule
Spring 2018 MFR Course Schedule
MWF; Some Saturdays
MWF 6:00p - 10:00p
Saturdays & Sundays
SaSu 3:00p - 9:00p
Su = Sunday M = Monday T = Tuesday W = Wednesday R = Thursday F = Friday Sa = Saturday