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Red Cross helps at home and away

The volunteers of the American Red Cross are critical in saving lives in hurricane zones and in our own communities.  
 
While several volunteers from the Lake Erie/Heartland chapter have been assigned to offer lifesaving assistance to people affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, many volunteers remain here at home, helping staff the first-aid station at the Wayne County Fair.
 
Trained bystanders are often the first to render aid such as CPR when an emergency occurs and until first responders arrive on the scene. A delay in CPR when a person suffers cardiac arrest reduces the chance that the person will be successfully resuscitated. The key to improving survival rates is to equip the public with the skills needed to perform CPR and to ensure they are confident to use those skills.
 
Recruiting local volunteers and training community members to render CPR during such emergencies is a direct investment in the health and welfare of our community and the people who live in it.
 
With the Wayne County Fair, we are reminded of an example of how such training saves lives. A man attending the fair last September suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed. Red Cross first-aid workers rushed to perform CPR. They also applied a newly acquired AED (automated external defibrillator) while awaiting the arrival of Wayne County EMS personnel.
 
The man survived. If he had to wait for the squad to reach him inside the fairgrounds without the assistance of CPR, the outcome likely would have been different.
 
Capt. Doug Hunter of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office credited the Red Cross crew. “I want to recognize the life-saving efforts of the representatives of the Wayne County Red Cross. They frantically started doing what they are trained to do and tried to revive this man. It was not looking good folks. I had pretty much written this man off as not going to survive, but they kept going.”
 
Most first-aid requests involve far less serious ailments, but the service provided by the Red Cross was deemed so important that a facility was built on the fairgrounds for use as a first-aid station during the run of the fair every year.
 
About 120,000 people attend the Wayne County Fair, and our local Red Cross provides first-aid service free of charge. Red Cross first-aid workers respond to around 200 incidents each year and volunteer almost 700 hours during that week. Taxpayer money is saved by reducing the number of calls made to 911.
 
American Red Cross CPR training classes give individuals the information and the skills they need to help adults, children and infants during breathing and cardiac emergencies. Both adult and pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED classes are available in the area and can be found by visiting our website at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
 
In addition a two-day training session for volunteer disaster responders will be held for those who complete a volunteer application at www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.
 
Over 90 percent of our mission is delivered through the help of volunteers. If you are interested in helping in any way, feel free to call me or contact our Wooster office at 330-264-9383.
 

Published: September 11, 2017
New Article ID: 2017170909976