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Transit trio apply critical first aid skills to save a life

A pair of arms shown with hand on chest and AED hooked up to mannequin

Everyday transit enforcement officers patrol bus hubs in the City of Mississauga with the goal to keep everyone safe. One day, in early January, Michal and two of his colleagues relied their first aid training to save a man’s life.

A pair of arms shown with hand on chest and AED hooked up to mannequin

Adapted first aid training: an inclusive Red Cross experience  

Three people kneeling around a mannequin

When my first aid certification expired during the pandemic, I knew it was time to renew. Typically, I’d be keen to refresh my skills and knowledge – after all, being able to help in an emergency is a valuable skill to have. Still, I hesitated. Unlike the last time I’d certified, I now live with reduced mobility and was feeling less confident about training this time around. 

Three people kneeling around a mannequin

10 things parents with kids back in school CAN control

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In a world where a pandemic has prevailed for more than a year, it can be overwhelming to think of children in school and how to best protect them – and ourselves – against COVID-19.
We may not be able to control certain things but we can control what to do to make things easier on us and our families during this stressful time.

Close up on three lockers coloured black, orange and grey

Tips for an injury-free fall clean-up

A green garden rake picking up tree leaves on the ground

As winter quickly approaches, many people are hurrying to get their yard work done before the cold weather sets in. Whether you’re raking leaves, closing your pool, or climbing up a ladder to clean the gutters, dangers can be involved. Remember to put your safety first!

A green garden rake picking up tree leaves on the ground

What to do if an adult is choking

A woman is giving back blows to a man that is choking

Now that some COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in your area, you might be thinking about indulging yourself with delicious dinner at your favourite restaurant. But would you know how to react if your dining companions’ airway became blocked?

A woman is giving back blows to a man that is choking

Tribal Council in Saskatchewan trains local first responders

Two men standing outside a building by a kit full of supplies to help in emergency response

First responders have advanced first aid training which allows them to stabilize a patient until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. In rural and remote communities where EMS can be hours away, having local first responders on the scene can mean the difference between life and death.

Two men standing outside a building by a kit full of supplies to help in emergency response

Retired CPR instructor’s speedy response gives neighbour second chance at life

Heather sitting with a baby in her lap and two small dogs beside her

Enjoying the gentle busyness retirement has to offer, Heather Dewar, former CPR instructor of more than 25 years, went about her day like any other. Then, when her neighbour collapsed, Heather’s years of experience told her exactly what she needed to do next.

Heather sitting with a baby in her lap and two small dogs beside her

First Aid Basics: It’s made for you

A man in a red vest is showing how CPR is done, on a mannequin, with a small crowd of people around him watching.

Some of our first aid courses can be long in order to provide certification meeting legislation requirements - but there is also First Aid Basics. If you’re a new parent, want to build confidence in responding to emergencies, or want to refresh and update your first aid skills, this course provides practical knowledge in the basics of first aid in 2 to 2.5 hours.

A man in a red vest is showing how CPR is done, on a mannequin, with a small crowd of people around him watching.

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