Friday, May 15, 2015

CPR Training @ CIES

Once a term  Employment Skills Training (EST) students at CIES receive professional CPR and First Aid Training. At CIES we always do everything we can to help prepare our students for employment in Canada. We know it may seem intimidating putting together a resume and thinking about what to include. Employers like to see a variety of experiences that you can bring and having a CPR certification can set you apart from the rest of the candidates, no matter what industry you work in. A certification in CPR and/or First Aid can tell an employer that you value education and are willing to do the extra things to make yourself more valuable to an organization.

When interviewing for a new position, you can tell your possible employer that you are confident and able to react quickly in any given situation. Even if there isn't a medical emergency, you have the training needed to think clearly and quickly. A CPR certification can demonstrate that you take pride in educating yourself, even when not a requirement, not to mention in the skills that one day could prove to be the difference between life and death. There will be many people applying for jobs who wont think to pursue this type of education, and it can show an employer that you are willing to go above and beyond all the rest.

Dan Bresnahan of Rapid Response has been coming to our SE location for more than a year to give our students CPR and First Aid Training. Prior to starting Rapid Response and heading up the organization as President, Dan was responsible for the Emergency Response Programs which included the fire warden and first aid teams. While there, Dan realized that all employees, not just members of the first aid team, should have the opportunity to learn emergency skills they could use not only in their place of business, but in their everyday life as well. Because of this observation, Rapid Response was established to meet these training requirements. In the past, Dan has taken emergency medical technician and paramedic training and has worked in the emergency medical services field for many years. Dan has over 20 years experience teaching first aid and CPR for St. John Ambulance and is certified to teach all levels of First Aid, CPR, AED, and WHMIS.

Originally from Eugene Oregon, Dan admits he was a bit nervous his first time coming to CIES, as he anticipated a language barrier and had not priorly worked with such an internationally diverse group. He was pleasantly surprised at the ease of communication and further still, how CIES students were so very down to earth, keen on learning and excited to have the opportunity to be part of his workshop. All students are officially certified in CPR and First Aid at the end of his two day class. Pics of the two day seminar can be seen here. 

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