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Emergency Medical Responder
12/3/2019 11:27:14 AM
Resource Category
Emergency Medical Services
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) initiates immediate lifesaving care to patients
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1The primary focus of the EMR is to initiate immediate lifesaving care to patients who access the emergency medical system. The Emergency Medical Responder possesses education and experience in areas of patient care commensurate with the patient care mission. Additionally, the EMR: 1. Has the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS response and to assist higher level personnel at the scene and during transport 2. Functions as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight 3. Performs initial triage and basic interventions with minimal equipment
Component Notes  
EducationThe personnel descriptions contained in this document are based upon the guidelines contained in the National EMS Scope of Practice Model document, which can be found at NHTSA National EMS Education Standards are a component of the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A System Approach, a comprehensive plan for a national EMS education system. The State equivalent EMRs, EMTs, Advanced EMTs and paramedics are expected to transition to these educational standards as they are implemented. Presently, many states use the title of "First Responder" to indicate an EMR.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of state-approved first responder program based on the NHTSA National Standard Curriculum Recommended: Successful completion of the minimum terminal learning objectives for Emergency Medical Responder as defined by the NHTSA National EMS Education Standard. See Note.
TrainingPer NIMS compliance at the time of publication, ICS and IS training courses are listed. Equivalent courses must meet the NIMS Five-Year Training Plan. As NIMS compliance requirements change, the requirements in this document will change to match them.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 3. HazMat Awareness Training or equivalent basic instruction consistent with: a. the hazards anticipated to be present, or present at the scene b. the probable impact of those hazards, based upon the mission role of the individual c. use of the personal protective equipment consistent with “Guidance on Emergency Responder Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Response to CBRN Terrorism Incidents,” Dept of HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (June 2008) Recommended: 1. Ongoing training in the management and care of patients involved in an MCI 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Ongoing, active participation with an EMS-providing entity, organization, or agency
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Arduous
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Certification: Successful completion of a state-approved program at this level or NREMT certification at this level Licensing: Active status of legal authority to function as a First Responder or an Emergency Medical Responder granted by a state, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016