Chris Wagnor

chrisChris is the owner/operator and Head instructor for the North Island and in the Alberni Valley. He is a very enthusiastic instructor with years of knowledge and first-hand experience from the front lines. He has a combined 20+ years in emergency services from firefighting, to his current profession as a Primary Care Paramedic which has him working in Vancouver and on occasion in the Alberni Valley.

He has thousands of patients contacts and brings this experience and knowledge into the classroom. He will not only teach you the courses his company provides, but will also help you alleviate any concerns or apprehensions you may have about the world of first aid. Chris is the recipient of the 2017 Awards of Excellence through the British Columbia Ambulance Service for his role in the Delta 9 call which involved 9 patients in the same house, overdosing on suspected Fentanyl. With his colleagues and other first responders on scene that night, they saved each and every patient involved.

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Carla Wagnor

carlaCarla has been a Primary Care Paramedic for the BC Ambulance Service since 2004. Carla was one of two paramedics on Vancouver Island to spear head and help develop the Community Care Paramedic Program for the BC Ambulance Service.

She is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has stepped down as a fulltime instructor to part time in order to complete her studies. Carla too has thousands of patient contacts under her belt and brings that knowledge and experience to the classroom.

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Kevin McPherson

kevinKevin is located in Port Hardy and is currently the lead Instructor on Northern Vancouver Island, servicing the Tri-Port area for Pair of Medics First Aid. Kevin is a Canadian Coast Guard Rescue Specialist and has an extensive background in Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) and Advanced First Aid.

Kevin instructs our regular one and two-day courses but also teaches Advanced Emergency Medical Care.His profession has him sailing the waters of the Pacific Ocean from Victoria to Haida Gwaii, keeping you and everyone else safe on your ocean endeavours.

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Pam Shaw

pamPam is the newest instructor to Pair of Medics First Aid. You may even recognize here from the Port Alberni pool watching the waters closely as you enjoy your swimming activities! Pam has been a National Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor since 2000.

Pam has also held her Life Saving Instructors certification. From instructing CPR, Standard First aid and other lifeguard courses, she is a welcomed addition to the company.

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How it all Started

Pair of Medics First Aid has been teaching lifesaving skills for several years, in the northern region of Vancouver Island, BC.

Pair of Medics First Aid Training was originally started because both Chris and Carla working as Primary Care Paramedics with the BC Ambulance Service would arrive on scenes and realize that most of the patients, that were critically ill or injured, could have had some lifesaving first aid provided to them prior to their arrival.

Pair of Medics First Aid brings 24+ years of combined experience to the classroom. Chris and Carla are both certified training instructors with the Canadian Red Cross and are members in good standing with the local Chamber of Commerce.

We provide the highest quality first aid equipment and supplies while offering our students a professional first aid program in a relaxed and fun environment.

After being taught by Chris, Carla, Kevin or Pam, you will not only leave the classroom with the hands-on practice, knowledge/understanding and excitement of being a newly certified first aider, you will leave with a new friendship and be a part of the Pair of Medics family.

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Classroom Locations

Currently Pair of Medics are operating in two locations:

These premises are only open during scheduled classes. If you are looking to book/register for a course, please email or call either location. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. If you are calling or emailing outside of the business hours, your request will be dealt with the next business day.

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First Aid Services

In addition to classroom training, Pair of Medics First Aid offers first aid attendant services for work sites, job sites and construction sites for your company.

Carla and Chris both hold valid paramedics industry licenses which allows them to work as medics on a job site as OFA (Occupational First Aid) III medics.

Contact us for pricing.

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Certifications you receive are valid for 3 years from the successful completion date of your class. If you lose or misplace your certification, please call and we will advise you on how to order a new copy. Fees will apply

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Payment Policy

Course fees must be paid in full in advance of the course date.

Payment methods include an approved company purchase order, Visa, MasterCard, cheque or cash payment.

Prepayment is required from all students and/or businesses to hold registrations.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

All registrants must pay prior to the course date in order to secure their spot in that class and are expected to be present on the class date.

There will be no refunds or credit given for students that are “no-shows” as Pair of Medics First Aid could have filled your seat with another registrant.

If your employer has paid for your seat, you will have to talk to them in regard to repayment.

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Refunds Before Start Date

If written requests are received within 7 days of the date of course, Pair of Medics First Aid will retain an administration fee equal to a maximum of 10% of the course registration fee.

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Rescheduling Policy

In the event of rescheduling, a registrant is subject to an administration fee of $15.00 for all who have failed to attend the original course date.

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  • "Thorough, good feedback and clear instruction"

    • Suzanne Hirvonen
  • "I really enjoyed this course, as I have taken many first aid training courses across Canada, this has been one of the best.  I felt very informed and enjoyed their in-depth training.  They have paired their hands on field experience with the course material perfectly.  I haven’t left a first aid course more prepared as I am now. Thank you."
    • Kris Ritter
  • "First hand experience and knowledge given is extremely helpful.  Best First Aid course I have taken."
    • Nicole Mackay (MacKay Whale Watching LTD)
  • "Chris and Carla were very experienced and professional instructors who made this very important course engaging and interesting."
    • Twyla Roscovich (Ocean Films)
  • "They obviously care deeply about 1st response and bring lots of real world grit and passion to their teaching."
    • Paul H Ross
  • "Easy to understand and logical."
    • Teacher at North Island Secondary
  • "I found this course to be “user friendly” and applicable to my needs."
    • Teacher at North Island Secondary
  • "This course was very pertinent to my job description.  Common sense and applicable to real life situations."
    • Teacher at North Island Secondary
  • "The instructor, Chris, was very knowledgeable and was able to give lots of real-life examples of situations he had been in."
    • Teach at North Island Secondary
  • "If ever my family or I have an emergency situation, I would hope that Chris was our paramedic. What a knowledgeable attendant and instructor. Bravo."
    • Teacher at North Island Secondary
  • "Chris was a fantastic instructor.  He made learning first aid and CPR fun, exciting and entertaining."
    • Selena Coutts