For Experts

  • The definition of “first responder” is continuing to evolve.
  • A person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. Historically, first responders have traditionally included paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, and rescuers. 
  • Other trained members of organizations connected with this type of work, including public safety communications officials (e.g., 911 call centre personnel) and correctional officers, are also considered first responders.

For General Public

  • The definition of “first responder” is continuing to evolve.
  • A person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. Historically, first responders have included paramedics, police officers, special constables, firefighters, and rescuers. 
  • Other trained members of organizations connected with providing professional assistance at the scene of an emergency (e.g., public safety communications officials such as 911 personnel), may also considered first responders.

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