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 Recertification

PromotionEMR Temporary Certification (non-renewable)

PromotionEMR Reciprocity Certification

PromotionEMR Reinstatement Certification

Course Information

The previous First Responder now known as Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) was a core curriculum with minimum requirements, to be presented within a minimum 40-hour training program. The new National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards outline contains the minimal terminal objectives for entry-level EMS personnel and the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards – Emergency Medical Responder Instructional Guidelines provide the instructional guidance utilizing competency based outcomes instead of specific subject time of instruction requirements.  It is recognized that there may be additional specific education that will be required of EMR’s 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.  Kentucky specific supplemental curriculum for EMR’s can be found on the KBEMS Forms page under Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).