Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in Red Cross training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.
On Tax Day, one bank in Fargo, North Dakota held an event called 'Are Taxes Giving You A Heart Attack?' for customers. They brought in the Red Cross to teach CPR/AED.
First International Bank & Trust holds a monthly event for members of their ‘Heritage Club’. This group, made up of mostly senior citizens, was eager to learn the new lifesaving skill. Some employees from the bank attended the training as well.
“It was really interesting to see the techniques for CPR ,” said Ashleigh Smith, Marketing Assistant at First International Bank & Trust. “The Red Cross instructor did a great job of answering questions and it was very informative for everyone there.”
At the end of the training, instructor Sherri Maanum was asked several questions from those in attendance, in particular on AED machines.
“A lot of people wanted to know how to spot AED machines if someone goes into cardiac arrest,” Smith added. “It got people thinking about reacting during a crisis.”
40 people attended the course and left the training with a new lifesaving skill. They also became aware of all the Red Cross apps available for emergency situations.
“It was great to see people pulling out their smartphones to download the apps,” Maanum said. “They were a great group that was engaged throughout the entire training.”
Because of the success of the event, the bank may hold similar trainings for community members in other locations throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.
To take a Red Cross class, log on to www.redcross.org/takeaclass.