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What is First Aid?

First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by non-expert, but trained personnel to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment can be accessed.

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At Canadian Drilling School, we offer official Red Cross First Aid certification. The Red Cross is an internationally respected organization dedicated to improving the life and well being of everyone, everywhere... a lofty goal that we proudly uphold.

Why would I take first aid?

There are lots of reasons to take First Aid:

  • Your workplace requires it.
  • You live with children, or elderly.
  • You attend or participate in sporting events.
  • You lead an active lifestyle.
  • You like being prepared.

A person trained in Red Cross First Aid is trained to:

  1. Recognize an emergency
  2. Call for help
  3. Act according to scientifically proven techniques

Whatever your reason, everyone trained in First Aid is prepared to help in the case of an emergency.

What is Red Cross?

Henry Dunant
Henry Dunant

In 1859, during the battle of Solferino, in Italy, Henry Dunant witnessed 40k injured soldiers littering a massive battlefield. This horrendous scene affected Dunant deeply. Rather than remain in awe of the suffering, Dunant decided to take action. He mobilized local civilians to set up first aid teams to care for the sick and wounded. This initiative saved thousands of lives and was the genesis of the international respected, impartial organization known as Red Cross.

Dunant spent the remainder of his life dedicated to establishing Red Cross Societies across the globe. For his effort in saving lives, he was awarded the Nobel Peace price in 1901.

Today, the Red Cross operates in over 180 countries. The internationally recognized symbol of the Red Cross is the simple red cross shape on a white background. This symbol represents the values of the organization which are as follows:

Red Cross Symbol
Red Cross Symbol
  • Humanity
  • Impartiality
  • Neutrality
  • Independence
  • Voluntary Service
  • Unity
  • Universality

The Red Cross does not pick sides, it is not associated with any particular ideology, religion or nationality. It exists simply to serve humanity and relieve suffering wherever it is found.

Where can I find First Aid training resources?

You can of course take Canadian Drilling School's officially certified Red Cross First Aid courses. We use only certified Red Cross instructors and utilize high-quality training materials in a clean and comfortable learning environment.

The British Red Cross maintains an excellent YouTube channel for First Aid training.

Additional resources can be found on the official Red Cross website.

What are the different levels of Red Cross First Aid?

CPR-A CPR-B CPR-C CPR-HCP
Hours Of Instruction4556
AED *CheckCheckCheckCheck
CPR for AdultsCheckCheckCheckCheck
CPR for Children CheckCheckCheck
CPR for Infants CheckCheckCheck
Adult/Child Two Person CPR Check
Infant Two Person CPR Check
Rescue Breathing Check
Bag Valve Mask Check
Recertification Available CheckCheck

Standard vs Emergency First Aid

Standard First Aid with CPR C

Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Standard First Aid incorporates all the content of Emergency First Aid. Therefore, it is not necessary to take any other course as a pre-requisite. This course is designed for those who require an in-depth understanding of first aid including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns, and medical emergencies. CPR-C covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adults, children, and infants.

Emergency First Aid with CPR B

For those who want a general knowledge of first aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries. Skills include: victim assessment, rescue breathing, choking, and what to do for external bleeding, heart attack, and stroke. CPR B certification is incorporated within Emergency First Aid and is targetted toward parents, grandparents, babysitters, or childcare workers, and teaches the CPR and choking procedures for adults and children. Please note: for those that are preparing for their NLS (National Lifeguard), you will need to take Standard First Aid instead. All worksites in Alberta are required to have staff with First Aid training and a First Aid kit on site.

What level of First Aid do I need?

The following table outlines the government mandated workplace First Aid requirements for both Federal and Albertan jurisdictions.

Federal Source: Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (SOR/86-304)

Worksite

Distance from EMS/Hospital

Ratio Certified Employees: Total Employees

Required Certification

Office

< 2 hrs

1:6-100+

Basic First Aid

Office

> 2 hrs.

1:2-100+

Standard First Aid

Any other (not wilderness)

< 20 min.

1:6-100+

Basic First Aid

Any other (not wilderness)

20 min. – 2 hrs.

1:6-100+

Standard First Aid

Wilderness

> 2 hrs.

1:2-100+

Standard First Aid + Wilderness First Aid

Alberta Source: Occupational Health and Safety Code 2006

Worksite type

Distance from EMS/Hospital

Ratio Certified employees : Total employee number

Required Certification

Office

< 2 hrs

1:6-100+

Basic First Aid

Office

> 2 hrs.

1:2-100+

Standard First Aid

Any other (not wilderness)

< 20 min.

1:6-100+

Basic First Aid

Any other (not wilderness)

20 min. – 2 hrs.

1:6-100+

Standard First Aid

Wilderness

> 2 hrs.

1:2-100+

Standard First Aid + Wilderness First Aid

Low hazard

Close (< 20 min.)

1:10-49

Emergency First Aid

Low hazard

Close (< 20 min.)

2:50-99

1 Emergency First Aid, 1 Standard First Aid

Low hazard

Close (< 20 min.)

3:100-199

1 Emergency First Aid, 2 Standard First Aid

Low hazard

Close (< 20 min.)

3:200+,

plus 1 more for each additional increment of 1-100

1 Emergency First Aid, 2 Standard First Aid,

plus 1 Standard First Aid for each additional increment of 1-100

Low hazard

Distant (20-40 min.)

1:2-49

Emergency First Aid

Low hazard

Distant (20-40 min.)

2:50-99

1 Emergency First Aid, 1 Standard First Aid

Low hazard

Distant (20-40 min.)

3:100-199

1 Emergency First Aid, 2 Standard First Aid

Low hazard

Distant (20-40 min.)

3:200+,

plus 1 more for each additional increment of 1-100

1 Emergency First Aid, 2 Standard First Aid,

plus 1 Standard First Aid for each additional increment of 1-100

Low hazard

Isolated (> 40 min.)

1:2-49

Standard First Aid

Low hazard

Isolated (> 40 min.)

2:50-99

2 Standard First Aid

Low hazard

Isolated (> 40 min.)

3:100-199

3 Standard First Aid

Low hazard

Isolated (> 40 min.)

3:200+, plus 1 more for each additional increment of 1-100

3 Standard First Aid,

plus 1 Standard First Aid for each additional increment of 1-100

Medium

Hazard

Close (< 20 min.)

1:2-9

1 Emergency First Aid

Medium

Hazard

Close (< 20 min.)

2:10-19

1 Emergency First Aid, 1 Standard First Aid

Medium

Hazard

Close (< 20 min.)

2:20-49

1 Emergency First Aid, 1 Standard First Aid

Medium

Hazard

Close (< 20 min.)

3:50-99

2 Emergency First Aid, 1 Standard First Aid