About the American Red Cross

Each day, thousands of people – people just like you – provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.

We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood. We learn or teach life-saving skills so our communities can be better prepared when the need arises. We do this every day because the Red Cross is needed – every day.

Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies:

  • Disaster Relief
  • Lifesaving Blood
  • Training & Certification
  • International Services
  • Military Families

For Students

Become a student of the American Red Cross, while obtaining life-saving knowledge and skills designed to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency, with all the latest health and safety training techniques and certification programs. Our comprehensive courses include Lifeguarding, First Aid, and Basic Life Support Instruction for Healthcare Providers, incorporating all of the most up-to-date emergency practices in the Unites States today. Conveniently access course information online, detailed reference pages and manuals designed to support your learning experience, as well as the latest in continuing education opportunities.

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

Basic Life Support (BLS) refers to the care healthcare providers and public safety professionals  provide to patients who are experiencing respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest or airway obstructions. BLS includes psychomotor skills for performing high-quality CPR, using an automated external defibrillator (AED) and relieving an obstructed airway for patients of all ages.

BLS also focusses on the integration of the following key skills to help responders achieve  optimal patient outcomes:

  • Critical thinking: Clear and rational thinking based on facts presented and the provider’s experience and expertise
  • Problem solving: Identifying solutions to issues that arise using readily available resources
  • Communication: A closed-loop process involving a sender, message and receiver
  • Team dynamics: Integration and coordination of all responders working together toward a common goal

First Aid

American Red Cross first aid training classes give you the information and the skills you need to help adults and children during many emergency situations. Available online, in person, and via our blended training method, which combines online work with hands-on skills sessions, our first aid training delivers the latest information in the format that suits you best.