Our team is made up of approximately 45 Queen’s students spanning various programs, including both undergraduate and graduate students. We work together for the collective goal of providing emergency first aid response to the Queen’s community. Through our trainings, shifts and other events, the unit comes together to form a strong community-based environment. We are entirely volunteer based - every member is part of the unit because they truly enjoy helping solely for the benefit of others.
Members are expected to commit an average of 6 hours per week during the academic year. This may be fulfilled through a combination of on-call and event-based shifts. This is in addition to mandatory training attendance, which generally occurs twice a month for two hours. In addition, all successful applicants of QFA must attend a 40-hour Advanced Medical First Responder Course over two weekends.
In order to apply to Queen’s First Aid, applicants are required to be at least 16 years of age and have at a minimum: Standard First Aid (or equivalent) and CPR-C. Any other training or experience is an asset, though not a requirement. If successful, all advanced training will be provided by QFA, including advanced first aid training in airway management, spinal management, medical conditions, intoxication, etc., as well as training in the use of a defibrillator, oxygen administration, spinal boards and more.
Queen’s First Aid holds two recruitments each year, one at the beginning of September and one in March. Applications are available through the "Apply Now" button or on our Facebook page. The application process consists of three steps: submitting the written application package, completing an interview, and attending a day of refresher training and practical scenarios. Applicants must be invited to the subsequent stages in order to continue the application process. After the practical scenarios are complete, the successful applicants will be chosen and become probationary members of Queen’s First Aid.
Applications must be handed in promptly after release. A list of applicants selected for interviews will be posted the day after they are due, and applicants are responsible for signing up for an interview time. Interviews will be held on three different evenings. A list of applicants who are invited to the day of training and practical scenarios will be posted the day after interviews are completed. All applicants who attend the day of training and practical scenarios will receive a phone call the next day, informing them whether or not they were successful. Selected candidates will then be on a probation period until they have successfully completed the 40-hour (two weekends) Advanced Medical First Responder course offered to the unit in the fall.All probationary members who successfully complete the Advanced Medical First Responder training, provided by QFA in the fall, will become full members.
We highly encourage anyone who has the Standard First Aid and CPR-C requirement, and who is prepared to meet the time commitments, to apply to be a part of Queen’s First Aid. We also encourage applicants who were unsuccessful in the past to reapply. Even if unsuccessful, applying can be a positive learning experience and the executive is happy to provide feedback about interviews and scenarios. We certainly value the time that applicants put into the recruitment process.