Fort McMurray First Aid has very high quality programs for first aid that are all overseen by St Mark James. Because these St Mark James certification programs are very popular among trainees in the city, there are classes available during evenings and weekends on top of the regular weekday schedules. Students can find more details on classes such as rates and schedule on the Fort McMurray First Aid website. There is also an application form available on the website for hassle-free enrolment.
Choosing to take first aid training
First aid training is a very basic life skill everyone should have. It is part of our responsibility to know how to manage different situations, especially emergency situations where health is threatened – even minor injuries like small burns or cuts during cooking. Most workplaces in Canada also require their employees to have standard first aid training, leading to St Mark James providing different classes through different training providers through the year.
Standard first aid
Fort McMurray First Aid offers a standard first aid program. It runs over two days, over 14-16 hours. The program curriculum focuses on basic first aid skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (and the use of automated external defibrillatons), wound care, splinting, and bandaging. Common topics are ABC injuries and the EMS (emergency medical services).
Recertification for standard first aid is 6-8 hours long, available through the week.
CPR training programs are also available, teaching students how to perform CPR and use AEDs. There are three categories for CPR training.
- CPR A – 4 hours, adult CPR and AED
- CPR C – 5 hours, adult and pediatric (infant, toddler, school age children) CPR and AED
- CPR HCP – CPR C for health care providers/work in the health care setting
Recertification for CPR is 4 hours long but is only available to students of CPR C and HCP.
The certificates students are awarded with are cards from St Mark James that certifies them as trained rescuers. These cards are only valid for three years, after which they have to be kept valid through recertification programs. Recertification is only available for certificate cards that are still valid. If you let your certificate expire, you will have to retake the entire training program to receive a new one.
Enrolling into the program
Among all the methods offered by this provider, the most popular among students is the application form mentioned previously. This form is available on the Fort McMurray First Aid website and can be filled out at any time. Similarly, e-mails can be sent at any time but expect a reply during business hours only. The same goes for telephone calls and walk-ins at the training center.
All fees are settled during sign up as well, so if you applied to a class, fees can be paid before your training begins. Tuition plus tax, manuals, certificates, and registration (with St Mark James) are all included in the total fees. No fees are paid after training.
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