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Covid-19 Update:

Changes to Recruitment Process:

Given the current situation with COVID-19, FRT is still working to develop to a safe and effective role in responding on campus for the Fall 2020 semester. We are unsure as to when we will be able to recruit and train new members, however we will be expanding our team in the coming year, and therefore are still accepting applications. Please be aware that the recruitment process may not occur as it has in previous years, but we still look forward to receiving your applications. We will keep applicants updated regarding this developing process throughout the upcoming months. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding during this time.

Interested in Applying?

Applications for Fall 2020/Winter 2021 will be open using the link below from July 1, 2020 until September 12, 2020 at 11:59PM.

What will be required if I become a responder?

As a First Responder you will work approximately 4-5 shifts per month. For the duration of your shift you are free to be almost anywhere on campus doing anything you like, as long as you are available to attend to an emergency at any time. Activities that make you unavailable are not permitted while you are on-call (such as showering, swimming, etc). 

If FRT services are required while you are on-call, a dispatcher at Campus Community Police will dispatch the team of three on-duty responders and you will receive a transmission on your radio. You will be dispatched to the location of the emergency, to which you must proceed as quickly and safely as possible. Once you arrive, along with your other team members, you will administer whatever patient care is necessary. 

Please note that becoming a member of the FRT is a full-year commitment and responders are expected to work approximately two special events per semester in addition to regular duty shifts.  Responders are also expected to attend mandatory monthly training in addition to Fall and Winter training.

Please note that in Fall 2018, the First Response Team began operating 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. We we return to service, responders are expected to work a variety of shifts, including both day and night shifts.  As a responder you will be providing availability to our team scheduler who will then release the schedule on a monthly basis.  Please note that you will be able to be on call if you have a class (NOT a lab) as long as you are able to respond quickly if a call is dispatched to the team. 

What training is required ?

All members of the team are required to attend all mandatory training and selection sessions as well as several first aid sessions throughout the term. As well, there will be ample opportunity for extra, optional training sessions. The first fall training session will consist of two full weekends during which responder candidates will be trained to Red Cross First Responder standard, a level which exceeds Standard First Aid. All candidates will also be re-certified in Level- HCP CPR. 

The dates of MANDATORY Fall training are as follows (times are subject to change):

- Saturday September 26th

- Sunday September 27th

- Saturday October 3rd 

- Sunday October 4th

How do I apply?

Applications to the team are competitive, but please don't feel intimidated. You don't have to be a paramedic to apply. Anyone with some first aid training, strong communication skills, compassion, dedication, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities is capable of being on the team. We hope this includes you. 

In order to apply, you should hold at least the following current qualifications or comparable certifications. All certifications will be examined for applicability.

  • Level "C" CPR (Basic Rescuer which includes 2 rescuer CPR, and child and infant resuscitation) within three years of certification

  • Standard First Aid within three years of certification

If you have any questions regarding the applicability of your certifications, or do not have any certifications and would like to inquire about obtaining them, please contact frt@uoguelph.ca. 

Being a FRT responder is challenging, but rewarding. There are many opportunities for leadership, advanced training and further self-development, as well as opportunities to get involved with the team at an organizational level. 

What happens after I turn in my application?

We welcome all applicants, new and old, and encourage everyone to apply to the team this year. Upon reviewing the applications, our selection committee will contact top applicants to request an interview. The best candidates from the interviews will be invited to Fall Training. After the two weekends of training, a team of responders will be selected from the trainees.