The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to help prepare local kids for life’s bumps, bruises and emergencies. More than 300 volunteers are needed to help teach basic first aid October-December 2011 for the Red Cross and Lincoln Benefit Life Basic Aid Training (BAT) program.
Since the program’s inception in 1996, more than 27,000 local students have learned how to perform rescue breathing, assess an emergency situation give abdominal thrusts in case of choking and perform other lifesaving skills. The Red Cross will train approximately 2,700 students in Lincoln Public Schools during the 2011-2012 school year. Basic Aid Training has been exclusively sponsored by Lincoln Benefit Life for over ten years.
“Lives have been saved because of this critical training program,” said Susan Epps, executive director of the Cornhusker Chapter. “This is a great opportunity for volunteers to make an impact in a child’s life.”
In 2010, 10-year-old Tyler Braaten used his Basic Aid Training when his father, John Braaten, fell and hit his head. Recognizing the symptoms of a head injury, Tyler acted immediately and got his father the care he needed. Doctors later credited Tyler’s actions with saving his father’s life.
No teaching experience is necessary and certification in CPR, AED, and First Aid is not required to be a BAT volunteer. All classes are taught during day hours and a time commitment of about three hours of class time is required. All new instructors will be invited to a one-hour training class and will be paired with an experienced instructor to teach as part of a team. Volunteers are invited to teach one class or multiple times during the school year. Volunteer training will begin in late September.
Basic Aid Training is made possible through the financial support of Lincoln Benefit Life and partnerships with Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Union College School of Nursing, Southeast Community College School of Nursing, BryanLGH College of Health Science Nursing Program and hundreds of Red Cross volunteers.