Emergency Medical Responders (EMR)

A Kentucky certified First Responder is a person who has completed an approved course and received certification by KBEMS in providing pre-hospital care for both medical and trauma emergencies. Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) have a higher level of skill than those trained in basic first aid. First Responders can support Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics by providing basic medical care for soft tissue and bone injuries and assisting in childbirth. They are also trained in packaging and transporting patients.

In order to become a Licensed Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) in the state of Kentucky, you will need to apply under one of the following application types:

PromotionEMR Initial Certification (from a Kentucky Approved Course)

PromotionEMR Temporary Certification (non-renewable)

PromotionEMR Reciprocity Certification

PromotionEMR Reinstatement Certification

Course Information

It is the goal of the First Responder: National Standard Curriculum to provide students with the core knowledge, skills and attitudes to function in the capacity of a first responder. Enrichment programs and continuing education will help fulfill other specific needs for the First Responder training. It is recognized that there may be additional specific education that will be required of First Responders who operate in the field. It is also recognized that practice might differ from locality to locality, and that each training program or system should identify and provide additional training requirements. Consistent with the intent and design of the National EMS Education and Practice Blueprint , some EMS systems will incorporate additional skills into the scope of practice of the First Responder.