Become a Member

Thank you for your interest in joining McMaster’s Emergency First Response Team (EFRT)!  This description aims to provide you with information regarding the tryout process for joining the team. The tryout process occurs once each year at the beginning of each academic year, and is split up into three separate sections:

1) Online application and presentation of certifications
2) An interview, practical CPR test, and a written standard first aid test
3) Two orientation weekends filled with fun and learning

The EFRT Responder Application for the 2017-2018 academic year is Now closed!

Take a look at the below schedule for last years dates. 

Orientation 2018 will open in Late July so stay tuned for updates!

Important Dates:



Application Release Date

July 31

Application Due Date

September 9


September 11-14

Interview Results

September 14

Orientation Weekend 1

September 15-17

Candidate Workshops

September 18-21

Candidate Practice Nights

September 18-21

Pre-Evaluation Sit Night

September 22

Orientation Weekend 2

September 23-24

Orientation Results

September 27


Online Application:

In this part of the tryout process, candidates are required to fill out an online application, which involves providing personal information and answers to a few simple questions. At this time, applicants will need to submit a photocopy or image of their valid Standard First Aid and CPR Health Care Provider (HCP) certifications. If evidence of these cannot be provided by the application deadline due to a course that is in progress, applicants must email proof of their certifications to efrtraining@msu.mcmaster.ca prior to their interview. These certifications are necessary in order to continue in the try-out process, and thus candidates will not be interviewed without providing proof.


All candidates that submit an online application will be granted a spot in the interview stage of the tryouts. There is a Doodle Poll sign-up link found within the online application, and applicants must sign-up for a time slot upon submitting the application. If you are unavailable for an interview during September 16-18, please email efrtraining@msu.mcmaster.ca, and we will try our best to accommodate you.

The interview process will include three different portions. Candidates will participate in several short (5 min) interviews, followed by completing a practical CPR test, and then, writing a first aid test based on the Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR-HCP standards. It is recommended that candidates review both their Standard First Aid knowledge and CPR-HCP skills prior to the interview. Out of the initial applicant pool, approximately 42 of the top candidates will be chosen to move on to the next step.

Orientation Weekends:

Orientation is a process that attempts to bring all candidates to the same level of training, works on candidate team skills, and gives each candidate an inside look into the workings of the team. The candidates that move onto this final step will receive the EFRT Candidate Manual. This manual, along with the included podcasts, will give the candidates all resources necessary to learn the material that will be taught throughout the rest of the tryout process. Additionally, there will be a series of optional workshops held in the week between interviews and the first weekend to reinforce this material. It is recommended that candidates attend as many workshops as possible, and review the material within the manual and podcasts prior to attending the first orientation weekend. There are two orientation weekends that candidates must attend. On the first Friday, candidates will be given the opportunity to meet the active EFRT team members, who will be responsible for candidate training and evaluation over the orientation process. Candidates will also be split into small groups and will get a chance to participate in icebreakers with other candidates in their group and with the EFRT group leaders. On the Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, candidates will learn the material required for the tryouts in a series of lectures and small group practice sessions. Lectures will be taught both by active team members and alumni members.

For the second weekend of orientation, candidates will be tested both individually and in a group at simulated scenarios. On the Friday evening, candidates will have one last opportunity to review concepts and fine tune their skills for the upcoming evaluation the next day. On the Saturday, candidates will be split into teams of three and will respond to approximately 10 simulated emergency situations located around the McMaster Campus. These are designed to represent possible emergencies that can occur on campus, and include simulated casualties with volunteer actors. On the Sunday, candidates will be tested individually in a final scenario that tests their ability to complete all required assessments on their own. Success in both the group scenarios and individual scenario is necessary in order to be selected for the team. 

Throughout the week between the orientation weekends, EFRT members will hold practice sessions in the evening from Monday to Thursday. Although these sessions are not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that you attend as many practice sessions as possible. At these sessions, candidates will get the chance to practice responding to simulated situations and will receive feedback from the EFRT instructors. These practice sessions not only allow candidates to practice their skills, but will also give them the opportunity to practice with their team members.

Although the number varies each year, around 10 candidates will successfully become members of the EFRT after the orientation process. Candidates are usually given their results within a couple of days following the second orientation weekend.

If you would like to receive an email outlining this information as we approach the application deadline, sign up for our application email list at the following link:

Applicant Email List Sign-Up

If you have any questions regarding this process, please email our Training Coordinator Reidun Garapick at efrtraining@msu.mcmaster.ca, or our Assistant Director Andrea Rossos at efrtasst@msu.mcmaster.ca. 

Contact Details

See "Contact Us" Page for Executive email addresses.

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