Red Cross urges CPR/AED training
by James Phillips
Jul 19, 2012 | 1791 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The American Red Cross in early August will offer a class designed to save lives in Walker County.

Tracee Nix, a health and safety services representative from the Red Cross, said Wednesday morning that CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can save lives, but training is the key.

That’s why the Walker/Marion Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting an adult and pediatric first aid/CPR/AED class on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its office on Viking Drive in Jasper. The cost for the class is $110.

“We all want to know that we can help in a time of crisis, and we want to be able to save the life of a loved one if needed,” said Nix Wednesday to members of the Walker/Marion Chapter’s Advisor Board. “It is priceless to be able to save a life. You leave a Red Cross CPR class and you are confident that you can react correctly in a crisis.”

Nix said the number of people who are trained in CPR has risen in recent years. She said the number of AEDs, especially in public places, has also increased, but people need to be trained to use the equipment.

“If someone is not trained on an AED, they either don’t know to look for one or are too scared to try to use one,” Nix said. “The vision of the American Red Cross is to have at least one person in every household trained in CPR, AED and First Aid. We want to empower ordinary people with extraordinary skills to save a life.”

Susan Sparks, service delivery manager for the American Red Cross Health and Safety Services in Alabama, said First Aid training is just as important as CPR and AED training.

“There could be a diabetic emergency with seizures, an allergic reaction to a bee sting, heat stroke, choking and even sudden illness,” she said.

The American Red Cross has more than 100 years of experience in providing life-saving education, Sparks said.

“Emergency preparedness and saving lives is our focus,” she added.

For more information on the Jasper training class, contact the local Red Cross office at 205-387-1478.