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Red Cross Teams Up with Des Moines University at Iowa State Fair

Red Cross Des Moines State Fair
The Mobile Health Clinic is a fantastic resource for community partners, and teaming up with the Red Cross is a great way to help ensure a healthy experience for fairgoers.

The American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Des Moines University. For more than 20 years, Red Cross volunteers have provided first aid to patrons at the Iowa State Fair. This year DMU and the Red Cross have teamed up to provide more access to first aid to fairgoers.

The DMU Mobile Clinic will provide a third first aid station on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Mobile Health Clinic, which is a Winnebago motor coach, will be located near Gate 10 by the DART shuttle drop off. Red Cross first aid is also available at the Hy-Vee Health and First Aid Center, which is at the top of Expo Hill, and in the Register building.

“We are so excited to have Des Moines University join the Red Cross at the Iowa State Fair, “ said Leslie Schaffer, Regional Chapter Executive for the Iowa Region of the Red Cross. “Our volunteers love working at the State Fair and this partnership means our first aid stations will be even more convenient to fairgoers who need assistance.”

“The Mobile Health Clinic is a fantastic resource for community partners, and teaming up with the Red Cross is a great way to help ensure a healthy experience for fairgoers,” said Brianne Sanchez, Community Relations Manager for Des Moines University. “We’re thrilled to expand DMU’s presence at the Fair with another local leader with this opportunity to engage our students, faculty and staff as Red Cross volunteers.”

125 Red Cross volunteers worked more than 1,760 hours at the Iowa State Fair in 2013, and provided more than 5,500 first aid services to fairgoers. The Red Cross staffs the first aid stations from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. for all 11 days of the Iowa State Fair.

The Red Cross is always looking for new volunteers to help. State Fair volunteers must be registered with the Red Cross and show certification of training in CPR/AED, first aid and blood borne pathogens (medical supervisors must also have advanced medical training such as, EMT-B, I, P, PS, LPN, RN or other medical specialties) to work at the first aid stations. To complete a Red Cross volunteer application and online orientation go to http://rdcrss.org/1pvEcs4. Red Cross volunteers are eligible to receive free certifications or review courses but, you must be a registered Red Cross volunteer and be signed up in Volunteer Connection or http://rdcrss.org/1xxX7ah to receive free certification. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Julie Struck at julie.struck@redcross.org or (515) 243-7681.