As employees of the Y in Winnipeg, all staff are required to have first aid and CPR training and every 2 years we are required to attend a re-certification training. Yesterday was my day for the re-cert.
After being employed there for several years, I have had this training and re-certification several times, but there always seems to be something new to learn each time as the standards change slightly.
As always, I leave hoping that I will never have to use this training, but at the same time knowing that if necessary, I may have to use it. Since I am not a lifeguard, my use of the training is seldom more than handing out a band aid to someone who comes and asks for one, or a bit of ice for another one who comes to ask for it.
We do have emergencies at the Y though and I have on more than one occasion been the one to make the call to 911 for emergency services to attend. There are some staff who are more highly trained than my Standard First Aid and they look after the individual, while I make the call and get the first aid kit, oxygen and/or Automated External Difibrillator (AED), which are all located behind the desk where I spend most of my time.
The re-cert for Standard First Aid is an 8 hour course and we always go there with the hopes that we will be finished in 5 hours, but that seldom happens. Yesterday’s course went a little over the 8 hours, but as usual I left with a bit more confidence in my ability to be able to handle an emergency when required. I don’t actually know if I passed or not though, since he had not marked our tests. Some were still writing, when he said the rest of us could go – so we did.