First Aid Service Team
The First Aid Service Team (FAST) is a youth-led program sponsored by the Oregon Pacific Chapter of the American Red Cross in Eugene, Oregon. FAST is made up of youth and adult volunteer responders who provide first aid and first response care at community events. Volunteers as young as 14 years old work with paramedics and police officers to provide the highest level of care for those that need it. FAST works at more than 50 community events, with attendance ranging from 100 to 60,000 people, every year in Lane County. Events include the University of Oregon football games, USA Track and Field Olympic Trials and the Eugene Marathon.
FAST volunteers use skills learned in classes provided by the Red Cross. FAST volunteers are required to earn certificates in two classes: Standard First Aid and CPR/ AED for the Professional Rescuer. Upon joining FAST, volunteers also learn proper radio protocol, how to take blood pressure, Level Of Consciousness protocol, FEMA ICS 100 and 200 training, Blood Borne Pathogens training, how to write incident reports, START Triage, and many other first responder skills.
FAST not only helps people during a medical emergency, but also provides a unique and rewarding experience for volunteers of all ages.
For more information about FAST, please check out our blog: http://redcrossyouthservices.blogspot.com/
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