Red Cross offers first aid class


NIU students can sharpen up their skills in dealing with emergency situations at classes offered through the American Red Cross this week.

The classes offered by the DeKalb County Chapter of the American Red Cross will allow NIU students to learn how to react to emergency situations.

An eight-hour standard First Aid Course is being held on Feb. 13 and 20, running each day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the DeKalb chapter of the American Red Cross, 151 Third St.

According to a release, the class teaches skills which act as the first link in any emergency situation.

“The class covers severe bleeding, rescue breathing, choking, CPR and other various emergency situations,” said Kathy Glascock, director of the DeKalb County Red Cross chapter.

The skills taught will cover all areas, she said.

People who complete the course will receive two certifications.

“You receive a certification in adult CPR, which is valid for one year,” Glascock said. “You also receive certification in standard first aid, which is valid for three years.”

Glascock said this type of class is offered monthly, but if demand increases, more classes will be offered to meet the need.

The last day to register for this month’s class is Wednesday. Students can register for the $25 course at the American Red Cross.