Red Cross offering First Aid coursesPublished 4:02pm Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The American Red Cross is saving lives one class at a time.
The Huntsville location is offering First Aid, CPR and AED classes in an effort to increase public preparedness.
“Not only do we provide assistance in disasters, we offer life saving education, which is truly priceless,” said Susan Sparks, service delivery manager for preparedness, health and safety.
Sparks said each year, more than 5 million people learn how to save a life in American Red Cross training.
“This goes along with our mission to help people be prepared for emergencies,” Sparks said. “One of the things research has shown throughout the years is when an individual is trained and knows what to do, they may be panicked at first, but recollect what they’re supposed to do and go into action.”
Red Cross offers age appropriate life-saving education within a variety of topics, such as swimming and lifeguarding so students will know how to react appropriately.
“We know prevention is important, and when you can prevent an emergency, many times it’s somebody you know that needs help,” she said.
She added that people oftentimes are hesitant about first aid because they claim to be uncomfortable practicing on strangers.
“In reality, it will most likely be somebody you know, whether it be a coworker or family member,” she stated. “In an emergency like this, the first 2-3 minutes are crucial. The first thing you do is call 911 and immediately start care.”
Courses will start June 6 and will last until June 23.
To register for a class, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.