Cardiac First Responder Course (PHECC)


The Cardiac First Response – Community Level course was developed by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) as a national standard for anyone who has to deal with a heart attack, stroke or choking.

A Cardiac First Responder can play a vital role in keeping a person alive until they receive expert medical assistance. Equally CPR and an AED are important links in the chain of survival.

Participants are taught the basic techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the relief of choking for adults, children and infants.


Course Duration & Fee


Duration: Half day (4 hours approximately)

Fee: €80 per person
Includes tuition, documentation, assessment and certification

Course Content

Recognise the signs and symptoms of the four major emergencies:

Heart attach


Cardiac arrest

Foreign body airway obstruction

Patient assessment

Recovery position

When it is appropriate to use the AED machine

Correct operation and use of the AED machine

Basic techniques of CPR (Adult/Child/Infant)

Barrier devices in CPR

Choking – conscious and unconscious

Aspirin administration for heath attack


Skills practice.


There is no formal exam however there is continuous assessment throughout the course so full participation in individual and group exercises is required in order to receive certification

Accreditation & Certification

Certification is awarded by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).

PHECC is the statutory agency and the regulator for all pre-hospital emergency medical care in Ireland.

The Cardiac First Responder Certificate is valid for 2 years