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Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Last updated: October 30, 2017

What Does Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Mean?

An emergency medical responder (EMR) is an individual that has been trained in providing pre-hospital care. An EMR has more knowledge and training than what is provided in a first aid and CPR course, but is not a medically trained first responder. Many occupations require employees to obtain EMR certification.

An emergency medical responder may also be referred to as a certified first responder.

Safeopedia Explains Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Emergency medical responders or EMR are individuals that have been trained to handle medical emergencies. These emergencies may range from an accident that happened in traffic, a highway accident, or even a natural disaster. The first responder may need to perform basic life support in the form of CPR, or other first aid to help stabilize a victim. An emergency medical responder could be a police officer or firefighter, or any other profession that requires supplemental medical training beyond standard first aid. An EMR does not replace emergency medical technicians (EMT) or paramedics. Rather, the first responders may stabilize a person and keep them alive or calm to wait for the arrival of the paramedics.


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