Q: What is a First Responder?

A: The term “First Responder” is used to refer to all emergency services workers who first arrive upon a scene. In our service, “First Responder” refers to a person who has successfully completed the St. John Ambulance Advanced Medical First Responder course. This is the course that most municipal firefighters take.

Q: How do I get Queen’s First Aid Responders to attend to an Emergency?

A: Queen’s First Aid Responders are dispatched through the Emergency Report Center, (contact information is available on the contact us page). Responders will attend situations located on either Main Campus or West Campus.
Please note the Main Campus boundaries are:
To the North: Earl Street (including Harkness Hall)
To the East: Barrie Street
To the South: Lake Ontario
To the West: Collingwood Street
Note that we will not attend any situations in private houses.

Q: Can I apply to Queen’s First Aid?

A: Yes! Every Queen’s Student is welcome to apply, we have two recruitment periods. The first in the fall and the second in mid-Spring 2017. In order to apply you are required to have your Standard First Aid with CPR-C and are expected to maintain a level of fitness such that in the event of an emergency you can efficiently respond.

Q: How does Queen’s First Aid operate?

A: The unit is comprised of 45 student volunteers. During the regular academic year there are always two responders on-call, one of these individuals is a supervisor and a responder. The supervisor has at least a full year of experience and possesses additional qualifications such as ASIST.
Oversight is provided by a 6 member executive team. The Unit Chief works closely with a(n): Communications Officer, Duties Officer, Finance Officer,  Operations Officer and Training Officer to ensure the operational stability of the Unit.

Q: How do you ensure your responders are properly trained?

A: Queen’s First Aid is a St. John Ambulance Campus Response Team also known as St. John Ambulance Division 970. We work closely with the St. John Ambulance Loyalist Branch, our parent branch who ensures we are adhering to both provincial and national standards set forth by the St. John Ambulance Priory in Canada and operating procedures defined by the provincial and national St. John Council. St. John Ambulance has remained the leading first aid service provider in Canada and has been the national standard for defining safety standards in the workplace since 1920.

Q: Does Queen’s First Aid receiving any funding?

A: Queen’s First Aid is a volunteer division of St. John Ambulance that operates not-for-profit. Our services comprise of 45 Volunteers who work as part of both our 24/7 on-call service during the regular academic year and event coverage. In order to fund these services Queen’s First Aid under the AMS Clubs receives a student funded levy of $3.75.
Volunteers are not authorized to accept any form of renumeration for their services. Should an organization wish to make a charitable donation to the unit, please contact the Unit Chief of Queen’s First Aid at unitchief@queensfirstaid.com

Q: Are Members paid for their time?

A: No, all members are volunteers and are not compensated for their service. However all trainings, the Advanced Medical First Responder Course, ASIST and other professional and responder development opportunities are provided to Unit Members. Throughout the year there are some volunteer appreciate events, notably at the end of the year, unit members are invited to an Annual Review.
Some shifts such as the overnight on-call team receives a $6 breakfast and the day-shift supervisor receives a $12 lunch. These shifts are longer and responders are not allowed to leave on-call boundaries.

Q: What is the time commitment for each Queen’s First Aid member?

A: It is expected that each member volunteers a minimum of 6 hours a week and be able to attend biweekly training sessions. Members are scheduled according to their provided availability. However while on-call, members can: attend classes, do other activities or remain our office at the Grey House. They are expected to be able to immediately respond if dispatched. If they can not leave certain classes or are unavailable during a certain time (i.e Laboratories) they are expected to indicate their unavailability.