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Aliant Bank sponsors emergency response team at BRHS

Published 8:08pm Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Tallapoosa County chapter of the American Red Cross now has a sponsor for its new Student Emergency Response Team class at Benjamin Russell High School.

Aliant Bank presented the Red Cross with a check to be a sponsor for the class.

Larry Uptain, Tallapoosa Region president for Aliant Bank, said he’s glad to see the Red Cross sponsoring a class like this to help promote volunteerism among local teens.

“We just appreciate the opportunity to sponsor such a worthwhile project in Tallapoosa County,” Uptain said. “It’s a great program for high school students to get involved with the Red Cross. We hope that every child will go through the program.”

The nine-week class will provide students the training and preparation to respond to a disaster event in their own community, according to Bill Armstrong, Red Cross volunteer and an instructor for the course.

This is the first class of its kind. Some of the topics discussed during the course include CPR and automated external defibrillator training; fundamentals of first aid/triage; disaster preparation; mental health conditions; psychological first aid; community partner; community disaster plan; planning and implementing a mock drill; and SERT team roles.

Local Red Cross executive director Melissa Poe said BRHS principal Jose Reyes has been supportive of the class.

“The class teaches some life-saving skills that students may need to know,” Poe said. “The students won’t be certified, but they will still learn about CPR, Automated External Defibrillator and disaster preparation, and they will be tested on each of these skills.”

Armstrong said they have students from each grade level in the class. He said he would like to have the students come back and help teach the class after they have completed it.

“I’m hoping that the 11th graders and others would be able to come back and help teach next year’s class,” Armstrong said. “We’re excited to get the class started on Monday.”

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