F.A.S.T.

The First Aid Service Team (F.A.S.T.) provides First Aid/CPR/AED care, serving as first responders (with paramedics, firefighters and police) at large and small community events in the Eugene-Springfield area. The team serves all University of Oregon home football games, helping to keep safe an audience of 54,000+ at Autzen Stadium, the U.S. Olympic Trials, IAAF World Junior Championships, Eugene Marathon, running events and outdoor community cultural events. F.A.S.T. is a student-led program in which local high school students, university students (especially pre-health), and adults (volunteer EMTs, Firefighters, Nurses, and laypeople) participate.

F.A.S.T. members are trained in CPR, First Aid, AED, Professional Rescuer, Universal Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogen safety. During home U of O football games, F.A.S.T. volunteers communicate via two-way radios to respond, coordinate, triage and medically assess game patrons from seven stations and two treatment centers located around University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium. Youth volunteers are partnered with adult volunteers, and the majority of F.A.S.T. members are between 14 and 21 years old.

The program is focused on offering mentorship opportunities for adults, expanding member reach so more students have the opportunity to participate in F.A.S.T., and providing first responder experience and training for aspiring emergency services workers, healthcare providers and future leaders.

F.A.S.T. is a member of Lane Healthcare Pathways, part of a network of healthcare education opportunities to rural and low-income high schools in Oregon.

A monthly meeting and skills training is held 6-7:45 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Eugene, Oregon office of the American Red Cross, 862. Bethel Drive, Eugene.

See our F.A.S.T. website for information on how to become a FAST member and photos of the team: http://fastopcredcross.webs.com/