CPR Saturday Becomes Chapter's Largest Volunteer Mobilization
By Caitlin Cobb, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
March 19, 2010
On March 13, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter trained nearly 3,000 people throughout the Bay Area in CPR. This event was held at 10 sites, and included two sites in Spanish and one in Chinese, making it one of the region’s largest free CPR training events. The event aimed to provide people in our community with crucial lifesaving skills who could otherwise not afford training, or for whom language might pose a barrier.
This event would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. The chapter mobilized more than 400 volunteers and volunteer instructors who helped individuals throughout our local communities get trained in lifesaving skills. While volunteer instructors taught CPR from 9 a.m. until the end of all sessions at 7 p.m. Non-instructor volunteers were also on hand all day to ensure that the day’s events ran smoothly.
This year, the Red Cross added child CPR to the last session of the day at many sites. The afternoon sessions were the first to fill up during pre-registration at each site.
The American Red Cross is proud to give local people and communities the tools to prepare for and respond to a disaster. Disasters can affect just one family or individual – for example, if someone close to you is choking – or they can affect millions of people across a region, like the recent earthquakes we have seen in Haiti and Chile. With the proper skills, knowledge and training, anyone can save a life. By training as many people as possible, the Red Cross strives to make our communities a safer place overall.