OTTAWA – Emergency situations can be stressful and chaotic, but having the training you need to help someone can ease the panic for everyone involved. Something as simple as knowing how to stop bleeding could save a person’s life or at least lessen the severity of injury.
This month, the LaSalle County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is offering the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver First Aid Training. The training is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services arrive.
Students will learn duties and responsibilities of first aid rescuers; first aid actions for medical emergencies, including severe choking, heart attack and stroke; and skills for handling injury and environmental emergencies including external bleeding, broken bones and sprains, bites and stings.
The training will take place on Monday, April 24 from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. at the LaSalle County Health Department, 717 E. Etna Road, Ottawa. The class will be limited to 12 people per session.
The only cost associated with the training is for the certificate from the American Heart Association. There will be a $4 charge for an E-Card that will be e-mailed to participants the day of the training or a $4.25 charge for a paper card that will be mailed within 48 hours after the training. Participants can pay with cash that day or pay online when they register for a small convenience fee.
Participants who wish to purchase the book ($10) must pay with cash that day.
To register, please visit the LaSalle County MRC website at http://www.lasallecountymrc.org or call (815) 433-3366, ext. 227. Please register by Sunday, April 23.
The LaSalle County Medical Reserve Corps is a volunteer organization that is administered through the LaSalle County Health Department and their Emergency Preparedness Program.