29. Free Red Cross Training

Earlier this year, I mentioned that ARES members who also register and serve as volunteers at their local Red Cross chapters may be eligible to take first aid and CPR courses for no fee.   These combination first air/CPR/AED classes now run $70 to $85, so a no-fee class is quite a benefit for volunteering.

In addition to these classes, other no-fee classes are now also available.  Bloodborne Pathogens Training is a one hour online course intended for people who might occasionally have to work around an incident involving another person’s blood.  It teaches protective measures primarily to protect from the spread of hepatitis and HIV.

Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector, a half hour online class, teaches how to assist someone how is having a severe allergic reaction through the use of an epinephrine auto-injector.

These classes are normally $20 to $25 each, which begins to add up when, like first aid and CPR, you must retake you training every year or two.