If you happen to attend a University of Oregon game, be on the lookout for Red Cross volunteers sporting red jackets and armed with first aid kits. With approximately 100 volunteers registered as members of the Red Cross First Aid Service Team (FAST), these individuals have already been hard at work keeping sports’ fans safe.
FAST is a volunteer, youth-led program sponsored by the Oregon Pacific Chapter of the Red Cross. FAST members are trained in CPR, First Aid, AED, Professional Rescuer, Universal Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogen safety. During large sporting events, FAST volunteers communicate via two-way radios to respond, coordinate, triage and medically assess game patrons from seven stations and two treatment centers located around the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium.
This season, FAST has participated in six events, including five University of Oregon games and one women’s half marathon. Youth volunteers are partnered with adult volunteers, and the majority of FAST members are between 14 and 20 years old. If you happen to attend the final two home games this year, keep your eyes our for this this special team.