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Why First Edition Should be Your First Choice for First Aid Training & AED’s!

Why First Edition Should be Your First Choice for First Aid Training & AED’s!

If you Google: ‘First Aid Training Calgary,’ you will come across hundreds of different links and services that offer first aid courses. The number of options can be overwhelming, and it often is difficult to decide which one will give you the best experience (and not put you to sleep). Amongst all of those names is ‘First Edition First Aid Training’ – us! We are a local business who offers not only first aid training, but AEDs, safety accessories, online safety courses, and much more! We have safety and preparedness at the forefront of our minds and we are ready to share our knowledge with you (in a fun way)! Wondering why you should choose us? Check out why First Edition is the best choice for First Aid Training in Calgary!


A Nurse Who Wanted to Offer More (while staying home with her kids)

Who are we? …First Edition, of course! We are a Canadian one-stop-shop for all things health and safety related! The company has been around for over 15 years and it is only continuing to grow and flourish to improve the health and safety of the public. First Edition first came into being when Jan Kirkpatrick, who was a first aid instructor at the time, got excited about the impact of AEDs. She researched all the AED’s on the market and determined with total confidence that the Philips AEDs were the safest, most user-friendly defibrillators available. She wanted to share with others. From there on Jan began her journey by creating First Edition and offered first aid courses as well as defibrillator options to help everyone in emergencies. First Edition First Aid Training grew from a 1-woman shop working out of her office/closet, to a national distributorship working out of a large warehouse and multi-office complex in SE Calgary. We are proud to “provide people with the best chance of survival, by offering only the best AEDs in Canada and expert first aid training in Calgary and the surrounding area.”


Carrying on a Legacy

Jan Kirkpatrick was passionate about safety. She was a woman of great integrity and love for those she worked with and those around her. It is for this reason that she began First Edition First Aid Training and worked with her family and friends to create a business that would provide safety to all Canadians. If it were not for her leap into entrepreneurism and her determination, First Edition would not be what it is today. Sadly, Jan passed away in June 2016 after a long journey with cancer, but her legacy has continued on. First Edition is proud to carry on with the amazing company that Jan first began and strives to offer safety solutions to all, just as she would have wanted.


Who We Are

Our team is an all-female office (minus the owner – Jan’s husband) – and we are proud of it! First Edition has an amazing staff following in Jan’s footsteps that are eager to grow the business in her memory and make her proud. We continue her good work with her vision of being dedicated to our communities’ health and well-being. First Edition supports this intention through caring professionalism, enthusiastic hands on instruction, and outstanding customer service and support. We are a team who is ready and willing to help in any way we can.


Why We Do It

Safety first! The health and safety of everyone matters. That is why we chose to get into the public safety business. Teaching essential life-saving skills, selling the best AEDs and accessories, and offering hundreds of different online courses that span from hazardous material handling to office safety.

As we like to say, “We aren’t afraid to shock you,” so we will ensure that you have the perfect AED for your location. It is for this reason that First Edition recently created the ‘Build Your Own AED Bundle.’ This option allows you to select the AED and accessories necessary to keep your location prepared. All of our Philips AEDs require no regular maintenance and are of the best quality to ensure they work perfectly every time. It is for this reason that First Edition deals with Philips exclusively.

If it is first aid training you are looking for, that is our specialty! Let our energetic team facilitate yours! Whether essential for the workplace or simply wanting to be ready to help in an emergency, First Edition can meet all your first aid needs. Our training is available in a few different ways: in house, off site, and our new blended online program were all put into place to help meet your needs (and availability). Finally, first aid training and certification is easy to attain!


Why We Stand Out

The Best AED

Thanks to Jan’s initial research, we are proud to offer only the best AED’s on the market, the Philips Heartstart line. We want to ensure that your AED will work 100%, 100% of the time. In times of emergency, there is no room for error, and that is why you need the best. Purchasing an AED from First Edition will give you the confidence that you have selected the right device to prepare you for any cardiac arrest.


Knowing that your family, friends, and co-workers are safe by having an AED nearby, as well as knowing you have the skills to possibly save their lives is a great feeling. We get it! First Edition is a family run business that understands the need to keep others safe.

That is why we joined together to provide safety options and skills to those acrossCanada and the immediate Calgary area!

  • Jim Kirkpatrick: Owner (& Retired FireChief)
  • David Kirkpatrick:First Aid Instructor(& Fire Fighter)
  • SarahKirkpatrick:Marketing Director

Why Our Clients Love Us

Besides having the best AEDs and understanding that family comes first, we have been told that we are friendly! We welcome everyone and anyone to come and learn with us and to ask us any questions they may have. At First Edition we will go above and beyond to ensure that your experience is a positive one, and that is why we have been told we have great customer service. Check out what some of our clients are saying about us!


“Thank you for all your help with our AED purchase and CPR/AED training. We appreciate you going out of your way to accommodate our hectic schedule. From all the AED presentations we heard, yours was the most informative and professional. You clearly know your information and answered all of our questions with regards to the importance of early defibrillation. The Philips Heartstart is present at every practice and game. We also travel with our AED wherever we go.”

– Morris Boyer, Head Athletic Therpaist

Calgary Flames Hockey Club


“First Edition First Aid was tremendously helpful in identifying the needs of my company and aligning them with the appropriate product. I was equipped with very little knowledge surrounding AED’s but was confident that I was purchasing the appropriate product. Delivery was always prompt and I have experienced no problems whatsoever with any of the products or service I received surrounding this business. All correspondence was prompt and professional and any phone calls that were not answered were always replied to swiftly.”

– Teirny Fitzgerald, HSE Representative

StatoilHydro Canada Limited.



Don’t be shocked when you come in and we treat you like family! Come on over and pay First Edition First Aid Training a visit or check us out on our website to learn more about who we are and what we have to offer. Get trained, get certified, and feel confident about your safety providers. We can’t wait to help!