riverwalk wrote:And of course, the long standing agency for First Aid, is the American Red Cross.
They charge $80 apiece here for the course. I think $$ is one reason why it's not standardized. Our local Fire Department does a great job for free.
Your local fire department training is probably not the same as certification. AFAIK, the recognized agencies who certify are American Red Cross, and American Heart Association. It is possible that someone on the fire department staff is a certified instructor and can certify others, but I wouldn't count on it.
Even certifications are not all alike. I had a current AHA certification when I got a new part-time job at a fitness center a few months back. The fitness center policy is that all employees must be certified as (Red Cross) Professional Responders. (Just one step below EMT.) When at the Fitness Center, I would often take over for a 'first responder' who may have already started CPR.
We have a police officer on staff, who had the same AHA certification as mine prior to joining the fitness center staff. (I would have thought the City he works for would require their officers to be trained as more than a 'first responder' lay person.)
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