We have been providing first aid training in the Lower Mainland as an incorporated company since 1985. Since those early
days we have shared our knowledge with many thousands of students from other parts of the province as well as other areas of
Canada and even other countries including Africa, El Salvador and the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman. Day, evening, and private group courses are available with a
wide range of starting dates and times to suit almost everyone.
The goal of our team of devoted instructors is to ensure that our students receive a high level of training, able to use their skills in a responsible manner in times of need.
What's new at MRFAS?
Last modified on 12/Mar/2018
OFA 1 Instructor course
We are pleased to announce that our long awaited Occupational First Aid Level 1 instructor course with Transportation Endorsement will take place from April 23rd to April 27th this year. Thank you so much for those of you who have waited for the course that is taught by the best instructor ever! Our students and instructor graduates have the highest praise for Dean and we are proud that he is part of the team here in Maple Ridge. Class size is limited so be sure to get your Application in quickly! You will find it at Forms. Again, thank you so much for your patience.
Red Cross is having problems with their new computer program
Looks like a wonderful system once it gets all the bugs out. For now though, 1100 Training Providers are bottlenecking the system with calls to Red Cross support staff, when they are able to answer the phones that is. As it stands, Red Cross is the organization that provides the certificates to successful candidates but the system bugs will not accept all the roster names to generate the certificates. Students are angry, Training Providers are frustrated and further calls to Red Cross continue to bottleneck the system even more. We have our fingers crossed.
OFA level 2 and 3 Skills Update Classes for groups
Maple Ridge First Aid School continues to offer its 1 and 2 day Skills Update Classes for unrestricted holders of current OFA 2 or 3 certificates. These intense classes focus primarily on minor wound management geared to getting patients back to work as quickly as possible. No lectures, no books, just plain hands on learning to keep the attendant confident in their first aid skills.
First Aid and CPR News
As you may be aware, the protocols affecting first aid and CPR are likely to change slightly every five years. Five years or thereabouts we should say. Well, the conference that decides such matters was held in Toronto a year ago last February and the guidelines are now known and are on the Red Cross website. As anxious as we are to teach these new protocols to our students we need to know what form the protocols will take in the new manuals that have yet to be printed. About the best we can say is, the leading and most compelling research of the past several years, as agreed upon by the international scientific community, is reflected in the guidelines. Red Cross asks us to wait, saying that Canadians should continue to perform first aid and CPR as they were last trained until they can receive updated training with the new guidelines. Watch here for updated news.
Emergency First Aid Bridging to Standard First Aid
Red Cross has received several enquiries about the availability of an Emergency First Aid (EFA) to Standard First Aid (SFA) bridging course. Canadian Red Cross EFA and SFA stand-alone courses are approved in most provinces and territories by the workplace regulator, but there is no approval for EFA to SFA bridging courses. Therefore, the Canadian Red Cross does not support or approve the delivery of EFA to SFA options.
Where will your exams be held?
If you are new to taking an OFA level 2 or 3 at our school you may not know that all students of OFA 2 or 3 courses held at Maple Ridge First Aid School will have their exams in Maple Ridge.
How much homework can I expect in the level 2 and 3 courses?
You need to imagine a realistic amount of time you can devote to your studies; you cannot just do it instead of sleeping. Plan on 2 hours per evening.
Red Cross courses
Red Cross courses for 2018 are posted on our website.
Red Cross Instructor and Red Cross Instructor Recert
Red Cross has decided to drastically reduce the number of agencies that are able to teach these courses. Interested schools were asked to apply. We chose not to apply. You will need to contact Redcross.ca to find out who is holding your course of interest in your area. Time will tell whether Red Cross made the right decision. Us too for that matter. If you must travel further now in order to take your FAI or FAIR and it is a hardship for you, you might let Red Cross know and then once we hear from Red Cross we will re-evaluate our position.
Occupational First Aid courses
All OFA courses for 2018 are posted on our website.
Coming from the Langley area?
You can use the Golden Ears Bridge. Go to the About Us and Where Are We pages for specific directions.
With a 3 year certificate expiry, how much will I retain?
Can you keep a secret? We are back to a 2 year expiry for courses starting in July of 2017. Wait a minute! WSBC is now cautiously saying that it will be in the Fall. Wait a minute! Now they are saying January 2018. This is just so much fun! Well, happily we have received notice that the implementation date for all OFA programs is July 1st, 2018
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