Red Cross offers online training for community members

Now Blount County community members have a new, convenient way to get trained in lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid. The Blount County Chapter has partnered with the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis to offer Red Cross online training.

“We know that people are busy and it’s hard to find time to sit in a class and learn first aid or CPR. However, we believe that these skills are extremely valuable because they make our homes, schools, workplaces and communities safer. That’s why we decided to offer online training,” said Betty Hale, chapter executive.

Online training is extremely beneficial because it allows individuals to learn on their own time and at their own pace. Classes can be accessed any time of day from a computer with an Internet connection. Students may advance at their own speed, which allows individuals to absorb the information in a way that works best for them.

Red Cross online training was designed to meet a variety of learning styles. The courses offer a combination of written material, photos and videos. Red Cross online training was built with accessibility requirements in mind and can be used with screen readers or other tools. In addition, all user support technicians are Red Cross certified instructors who can help clarify course information and answer technology questions.

Some online training courses, like CPR, require students to attend a skill session before a certificate can be issued. Skill sessions normally take about two hours and will be regularly scheduled.

To sign up for an online class, visit and click on the Red Cross online training button. From there students can select, register for and begin a course in less than five minutes. Or, call 865-983-0821 and we can take your registration over the phone.

Sign up, take a class, and attend a skill session at the Blount County Red Cross, then you’ll know how to respond in an emergency. Online training offers a way for our homes, schools, workplaces and communities to be safer. Visit or call Diane Goble with the Health and Safety Department at 865-983-0821 for more information.

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