The Complete Protective Program for Frontline


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The F.R.S.T. program was designed to meet the protective needs of Emergency Service Professionals. It is the only program of its kind developed specifically for front-line EMTs and Paramedics. This course develops the student’s skills in dealing with high stress situations and risks that a Paramedic or EMT is potentially faced with on every call. It will extend the learner’s knowledge regarding safety issues, physiological responses to stress and the tactics they should employ to protect themselves, their partners and patients.

This program is currently used by the Alberta Health Services, City of Edmonton Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recruit classes, EMT and Paramedic classes at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and numerous rural ambulance authorities. Since the creation of the program, CIPS Inc. has trained over 1000 Alberta medics. The skills and knowledge provided by F.R.S.T. are being employed on the front line to ‘save lives’. Our students learn to anticipate and avoid dangerous situations and how to disengage from a variety of threatening scenarios.


STRESS PHYSIOLOGY (related to confrontation)


(Just to name a few)

Course includes lecture, classroom, practical and scenario based training. Formats vary from a 4 hour lecture to the full 32 hour comprehensive program. Rates are available for large groups and entire agencies. We can custom fit your training to your needs and budget. Contact us today for pricing and program details. Course attendees must be EMTs, EMRs, Paramedics, E.R. nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Firefighters, students or administrators in the field of EMS. Physical skills programs are intense. Students must possess a basic fitness level and be prepared to deal with the discomfort of realistic confrontation simulations. Our goal is to create the “I’ve been here before sensation” in training before its encountered in real life.

Ambulance Facts

      1. F.R.S.T. has been evolving since 2003. It was designed to fill a need in the EMS community.That need is a no nonsense, comprehensive protective program for frontline EMS personal.
It is the only program of its kind available.
      2. F.R.S.T. was developed by 2 career police officers with a combined 45 years of operational,
tactical, and training experience. The F.R.S.T. creators believed it was crucial to consult
with T.E.M.S. Paramedics possessing extensive operational experience and background.
      3. F.R.S.T. instructors use a combination of experience and classroom interaction to emphasize
and teach the primary objectives of the program. We combine the adult learning experience
with intense, no nonsense physical training similar to military and police training protocols.
This quickly builds protective skills and confidence.
      4. At CIPS Inc. we are passionate and committed to the safety and protection of the EMS community.
We believe that medics do one of the most difficult and thankless jobs in the world.
They routinely go where no other person would tread to help and save their fellow man. They
deserve the best possible protective skills training program available. F.R.S.T. is that program.
      5. The intentions of F.R.S.T. are not to turn medics into ‘ Ultimate fighters’ or ‘police officers’. Our focus is to
recognize the mandate and mission of preserving life. F.R.S.T.’s primary objective is to
equip students to recognize threats prior to a dangerous situation erupting. We focus on
disengagement and prevention with a realistic balance of defending and prevailing in situations
of spontaneous violence.

CIPS FRST ‘Strategic Alliances’

Since the beginning of 2009 we have previously been provided FRST training to SAIT EMT and Paramedic students.


All Original FRST programs were piloted at courses were run at NAIT in 2004. We are pleased to be back and affiliated with the NAIT EMS program as of 2011


CIPS Inc. Has been providing the FRST program to EMS Students at ESA since 2008

Alberta Health Services

All Alberta Health Services EMS recruits in the Edmonton Region receive the 2 day FRST program

These partnerships solidify the our ongoing commitment to

EMS safety in the Province of Alberta

Edmonton Paramedics Survive Gun

Edmonton Paramedics were trained by CIPS Inc.

Melissa Dominelli,
Published Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 6:14PM MST

A man involved in a west-end traffic crash, Friday morning, allegedly pulled a loaded handgun on emergency crews who responded to the call.

The man was driving a delivery truck along a side road at 161 Street and 111 Avenue when he hit a van just before 10:30 a.m.

A witness CTV News spoke with says the driver of the truck appeared to be delirious and needed assistance, as his foot appeared to be stuck to the accelerator.

Police spokesperson Karen Carlson told CTV News,”when the male driver of the truck was being treated in the back of the ambulance, the paramedics saw a firearm in his waist band but before they could really do anything, the man allegedly grabbed that firearm and pointed it at the paramedics.”

Paramedics were unharmed but EMS Chief Joe Acker told CTV News that emergency medical staff are trained to deal with scary and rare incidents such as this one.

“This is the first time that I’m aware of in the city of Edmonton, that a firearm has been pointed at one of our staff, so of course, a very scary situation but, their professionalism and their training kicked in. They did everything right in this situation and I’m glad it had a happy ending,” said Acker.

The man fled on foot from the ambulance and within minutes, officers spotted the male walking on 163 Street just north of 111 Avenue.

A high risk arrest occurred and the man was taken into custody. A loaded handgun, holster, and ammunition were seized following the arrest.

The man is in his mid-20s and remains in police custody. Numerous weapons-related charges are pending.

West Division officers continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the incident

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What the professionals are saying about F.R.S.T.™ :

“EMS professionals face unknown dangers during every call for help they answer. The FRST program gives our personnel real-world strategies to reduce hazards and tools to protect themselves and their partners when threatened. FRST training is relevant for all operational areas of EMS, whether urban or rural, where the danger is predictable and more importantly, for when it is not. Our EMS personnel have directly benefited from FRST training and it’s goal – prevention of and removal from harm.”

Joe Acker, Director, EMS & Patient Transportation,  Alberta Health Services, Edmonton

The FRST course is the first course specifically designed for front line Emergency Responders. This course is the first of its kind in Canada. In an ever changing society this course should be mandatory for all EMS and front line Emergency responders. It offers basic self-defense and the skills needed to ensure that we all go home safe to our families every night. It also shows us how to preserve the safety of our patients. The skills that I have learned in the FRST course I use everyday on the job.”

Misty Shearer, EMT-P, Tactical Paramedic, Alberta, Health Services, Edmonton ( F.R.S.T. tm. Program Instructor, Technical Advisor)

“FRST teaches EMS recruits situational awareness and hazard reduction techniques for every call. This is not a new martial art, but practical techniques for mental and physical preparation to remove them from danger. FRST allows EMS recruits to learn from professionals with extensive front line experience before they hit the streets.”

Blaine Brody, EMT-P, Staff Development Officer, EMS Recruitment, Alberta Health Services

“The first responder should be equipped with not only information about the law and how it protects the rights of the first responder, but the physical and psychological tools to develop a window of opportunity to disengage from an unsafe situation. The First Response Safety Tactics provided these tools.”

Tony Spaans, Firefighter/Paramedic (former TEMS operator), St. Alberta, Alberta

“Nurses working in the community are often working in hazardous conditions. Home care nurses do not work in pairs. They are often going into dangerous areas of the city, on day evening, and night shifts, and may be carrying needles, and/or narcotics and sedatives. Nurses going to rural areas can find themselves very isolated from assistance. Illness in the home is a major stressor on the family. Nurses are frequently exposed to, or can become victims of violence when these family situations have escalated to violence.”

Judith Dutton, Team Leader, Curriculum Development Project , Practical Nurse Program , Norquest College

Rates are negotiable for large groups and entire agencies.

Currently all Alberta Health Services (Edmonton Emergency Services EMT and Paramedic) recruits receive the 2 day basic program The program has been delivered at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology). Both as an industry pilot and as part of the EMT and Paramedic program