Each year, tens of thousands of Iowans make their way through the gates at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Sometimes a few of them may need medical care or assistance, and that’s why American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa volunteers are there to provide first aid. From a stubbed toe, to an upset stomach to broken bones, Red Cross volunteers help Iowa State Fairgoers in their time of need.
During the 2013 Iowa State Fair, Red Cross volunteers assisted more than 5,500 people at two first aid stations. This year, volunteers are needed to staff three first aid stations. The Red Cross is recruiting volunteers to lend a hand to Fairgoers. State Fair first aid stations are staffed by Red Cross volunteers from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. for the 11 days of the Fair. Volunteers sign up to work four hour shifts at one of the three first aid stations: the Hy-Vee Health and First Aid Center, which is at the top of Expo Hill; inside the Register building across from the Grandstand; and a new first aid station at the Des Moines University Mobile Clinic near Gate 10 by the Bud Light Stage.
80 Red Cross volunteers have already filled more than 300 first aid station shifts, but we still have approximately 180 spots to fill! State Fair volunteers must show certification of training in CPR/AED, first aid and blood borne pathogens. Red Cross volunteers are eligible to receive free certifications or review courses but, you must be a signed up to volunteer at the State Fair to receive a coupon code. The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers with advanced medical training such as, EMT-B, I, P, PS, LPN, RN or other medical specialties to work as medical supervisors.
First Aid Station volunteers receive free admission to the Fair and parking for the day(s) of their shift(s). For more information or if you have questions, please contact Julie Struck at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515)243-7681.