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2912 South 80th Avenue
Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 343-7700


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Red Cross Health and Safety Courses Offered at Offutt AFB


In 1905, the U.S. Congress granted a charter to the American Red Cross that required the organization to act " in accord with the military authorities as a medium of communication between the people of the United States and their Armed Forces…" Since that charter was granted, the Red Cross has provided basic humanitarian services to members of the military, their families and veterans during peacetime and conflict.  These services have included financial assistance, crisis intervention, support groups and a variety of other important services. One of the most important services provided today is an around-the-clock emergency communication network to transmit messages between members of the armed forces and their families. By transmitting news from families of births, illnesses and deaths to service members stationed far away, the Red Cross keeps families in touch and helps ease the hardships due to separation.  Grants and interest-free loans to those facing financial crises; and counseling, information and referral to other sources of assistance continue to be provided.


The Red Cross Station at Offutt transmitted 357 emergency communications and served the needs of more than 7,008 members of military and their families.

Financial assistance totaling $41,417 was provided in the form of emergency grants and interest-free loans to members of the military and their families.

In addition to communications and financial assistance, the Red Cross Station at Offutt provides family support, information and referral, and health and safety courses. One paid staff person and 253 volunteers provided services for military families at Offutt, served on the Heartland Chapter Disaster Action Team, taught health and safety classes, and provided services to Ehrling Bergquist Hospital and Hillcrest Care Center.

Offered 342 Red Cross health and safety courses to military units, certifying 2,017 people in first aid, Adult, Infant and Child CPR, babysitting, Instructor Candidate Training, stress management and other courses.

The Parent Information Network (PIN) reached 1,250 new families with friendly support and community resources.

Offutt Red Cross Station casework volunteers provided 2,856 hours and Offutt youth volunteers provided 1,185 hours through the Offutt youth program at Ehrling Bergquist Hospital.

Scheduled 2,185 blood donors for 46 bloodmobiles for military personnel and Offutt civilian employees.

Retired military personnel were also recruited to regularly donate blood. The programs of the American Red Cross are made possible through the voluntary services and financial support of the American people.

The Offutt Red Cross Station Manager is located in Bldg. C, Room 108. Call (402) 294-3640 for more information.

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Eligibility & Registration
Offutt Youth Safety Courses
Offutt First Aid and CPR Courses
Offutt Instructor Courses

Eligibility & Registration

Active duty military personnel, their dependents and authorized civilians may register for the below listed courses.  Classes will be held at the American Red Cross station office, Room 108 in Building "C" on Offutt AFB.  Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.  Class enrollment is limited.

To register, call (402) 294-3640 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.  State the name and date of the class you wish to attend.  Payment of the course fee is due within one week from the date of registration to hold your place in class.  No written confirmation will be sent.  You will be given a registration number which must appear on your check or money order.  

No refunds will be issued without a minimum of 48 hours notice of cancellation.  A $5 processing fee will be deducted from refunds.  No refunds will be granted for no-shows, unsuccessfully completing the course, or course materials.

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Click on Underlined Course titles in red and go directly to course dates and locations


Adult CPR/AED, Infant & Child CPR & First Aid
The Adult CPR/AED is the first portion of the class. Adult CPR/AED + Infant & Child CPR will run concurrently from the start of class. First Aid is the last two hours of class.

Adult CPR/AED + Infant & Child CPR + First Aid - $45 (9 hours)
Adult CPR/AED + Infant & Child CPR - $40
Adult CPR/AED - $30
First Aid - $20


The instructor training consists of the Fundamentals in Instructor Training (FIT), the Precourse Test, and the Appropriate Instructor Course. It is recommended before entering an instructor course that you have the basic certification in that particular class you wish to teach.

Fundamentals in Instructor Training (FIT)
- $15 (4 hours)
A prerequisite to all Red Cross instructor courses (CPR/First Aid/AED; HIV; WSI; LGI; etc.). This course is intended to introduce instructor candidates to the history, structure, and activities of the American Red Cross. It prepares the candidates to teach our courses to diverse populations and to introduce them to our policies and procedures to ensure course consistency, quality and appropriate reporting. NOTE:  This course is included in the price, as well as, the first day of the First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course.
Instructor Precourse Training - (4 hours). It is highly recommended that you take the class you are planning to teach before attempting the precourse test. 
This test confirms you know the skills for each course you plan to teach. You meet with an Instructor Trainer who will conduct a challenge of your needed skills and you must pass written exams with a score of 80% or better. If you do not pass the Precourse Test, you will be asked to take the class you would like to teach again before being admitted into your Instructor Specialty Course.
Note: This training immediately follows the FIT course.
First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course
- $105 (16 hours). During this course, you'll practice teaching a portion of the course. In order to successfully complete your instructor class, you must practice and demonstrate teaching skills and pass a written exam with a score of 80% or better. All certificates are valid for two calendar years. Students must be 17 years of age by end of instructor class. Note: FIT & the Precourse Training are the first day of this course. The fee for this instructor course includes FIT & the Precourse Training.


BABYSITTING ($20/4 hours)
A four-hour course for youngsters age 11 and older who are interested in infant and child care.  Learn what to do in an emergency or in case of illness; how to prevent accidents, play with children of various ages, select safe toys and games and how to dress, diaper and feed infants.  Upon completion, students receive a Heartland Chapter certificate.

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