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


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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:
  • 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.
Here's an overview of the programs through which we offer Health & Safety training:
  • First Aid. The Heartland Chapter offers a variety of first aid programs for different age groups and for care providers, including Standard First Aid, SafeCare for Kids, First Aid for Children Today (FACT) and Basic Aid Training (BAT). All programs emphasize the importance of prevention. The goal of all Red Cross courses is to teach people to respond to injuries and to prevent them.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Programs. Millions of people have been trained in CPR by the Red Cross. New CPR courses reflect the most recent changes in emergency cardiac care. The number of cardiac emergencies Americans suffer each year underlines the importance of CPR training. Today, the Red Cross' full-service approach to CPR training is tailored to meet the needs of specific groups and individuals. Classes include Adult CPR, Infant and Child CPR, Community CPR and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
  • Aquatics Programs The Red Cross has been the leader in aquatics education since 1914. Courses are offered for all ages, skills levels, and physical abilities. Classes include Longfellow's Whale Tales (for children). Learn to Swim courses (Levels I to VII), Basic Water Safety, Basic Life guarding, Lifeguard Training, Swim and Stay Fit programs and instructor training for water safety and life guarding.
  • AED Progaram In 1999, the Heartland Chapter
    introduced the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program to the Omaha area community. An AED delivers an electrical shock to the heart of a cardiac arrest victim. The machine guides the user through the defibrillation process
    with verbal instructions. The American Red Cross program not only includes placing machines but training students (usually at public places and businesses) on how to use the machines.
  • Workplace Programs Many companies in our community are reducing their costs by teaching employees how to prevent workplace emergencies and how to properly respond to emergencies when they do occur. Courses and scheduling are flexible enough to meet the needs of busy people. Programs include: Standard First Aid, Adult CPR, Prevent Disease Transmission, HIV/AIDS Workplace Program, Oxygen Administration and 'Til Help Arrives.
  • HIV and AIDS Education. Helping people to understand the virus, to encourage its prevention and to foster a feeling of compassion toward those with the disease. The Red Cross has four programs designed to educate people about HIV and AIDS: the core instructional program; the African American program; the Hispanic program and; the Workplace Program. The programs contain a variety of educational materials that are geared to specific audiences. Materials include posters, videos, brochures, manuals and training guides. The programs are tailored to meet the community's needs.
  • Most Health & Safety courses are available in Spanish.

    If you have any questions, or want to register for classes, call us at (402) 343-7700.

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