Campus Red Cross group upgrading training
The University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University Red Cross group have taken matters into their own hands this year.
Under the leadership of president Emily Leaman, the group has decided to use fundraising money to put themselves through Standard First Aid and Level C CPR training. In the future, they plan to upgrade all members to Medical First Responder (advanced first aid) training.
“It is important for members to have first aid training because we are moving toward becoming a first aid service on campus,” Leaman said. “These skills help people know how to deal with emergencies when they happen, and could potentially save someone’s life. A first aid course is a course that everyone should take at some point in their life.”
This is Leaman’s second year involved in the group, though she says that it has been “completely rejuvenated.”
“We were based out of STU last year, and this year we are based out of UNB. I took on the leadership role because I was interested in creating this club,” she said.
This is the first year the group has offered subsidized training for members. Members, (54 officially, about 15 active) paid $80 themselves of the $105 regular cost.
“We have raised over $500 to buy first aid equipment and uniforms for the club so that next year we can provide first aid coverage at events on campus,” said Leaman.