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Emergency Medical Responders (EMR)

A certified First Responder is a person trained in emergency medical care and is capable of providing pre-hospital care. First responder training programs are often offered through various Kentucky Community Technical College System sites, Kentucky State Fire Rescue Training and other Training and Educational Institutions throughout the Commonwealth.

The first responder program varies in length from 40-60 hours. After completion of class, the student must sit for the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) First Responder exam. Becoming certified with the NREMT does not grant a license to practice as a first responder in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

There are 4 different ways to obtain your First Responder certification:

PromotionInitial Applicants (from a Kentucky Approved Course)

PromotionTemporary Applicants (non-renewable)

PromotionReciprocity Applicants

PromotionReinstatement Applicants