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Red Cross Offers Instructor Training

If you've ever been interested in becoming an American Red Cross instructor or just want to learn the skills needed in emergency situations, the Greenwich chapter will offer teaching classes at the end of the month.

According to Maria DelRe, director of health and safety services, the certification course prepares candidates to teach adult, infant and child CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

The first stage of the course is to teach each candidate the fundamentals of instructor training, or F.I.T. This course will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27. The course, which is a prerequisite for every instructor-training course, helps refine teaching and communication skills. Candidates will also learn the history, policies and procedures of the Red Cross. The next step is specific certification during precourse skill testing on from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. The final part is instructor sessions, where candidates can refine their skills and receive certification after passing a final exam. It is offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29.

"It is two full days of training," said DelRe. "Candidates will be able to practice their skills by instructing an actual class. Once you're a certified instructor, you can teach at a local branch, become a volunteer instructor or just know what to do when issues occur. "

The fee for all three courses is $350. Participants must be at least 16 and must attend all three classes for certification. For more information, contact the Greenwich Chapter at 203-869-8444.

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