Health & Safety Services
The Red Cross is a recognized provider of first aid, CPR, swimming and water safety, lifeguarding and safety education programs. An average of seven million people become certified in American Red Cross health and safety courses each year. Red Cross health and safety programs are developed with leading medical authorities and reflect up-to-date information and techniques. Each course is targeted to a specific population and designed to teach people the exact skills they need to know in an emergency. The goal of Red Cross courses is to teach people not only how to respond to emergencies, but how to prevent them.
The American Red Cross Heartland Chapter has provided hands-on training to our community for more than 60 years as part of our mission of emergency prevention and preparedness. The Heartland Chapter was named the number one Red Cross chapter in the United States in 1996 for instruction in first aid, CPR and water safety in chapters with populations of 500,000 or more. In fiscal year 1999-2000 - the Heartland Chapter:
Here's an overview of the programs through which we offer Health & Safety training:
- Taught CPR, first aid and water safety courses to nearly 45,000 people.
- Certified 3,297 people at 134 businesses in CPR and first aid through Workplace Programs.
- Reached 6,894 people with HIV/AIDS education programs through presentations at schools, workplaces, churches and community organizations.
- Certified more than 700 people in Adult CPR in one day at CPR Saturday. The free training was provided through a grant from Alegent Health.
- Issued the Certificate of Merit Award--the American National Red Cross' highest award for lifesaving--for the eleventh consecutive year. This prestigious honor for lifesaving is issued to those certified in Red Cross CPR who use it to save or sustain a life.
- Taught 3,975 Red Cross courses in churches, community centers, schools, workplaces and offices throughout the metro area. Volunteer instructors make Red Cross classes affordable.