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Be wary of online CPR, First Aid classes

By Lynell Wiggers
Special to The SUN

Over the years in the Emergency Response Industry, National Safety Council (NSC) has developed a set of practical and theoretical skills which are essential in performing effective CPR and First Aid.

This has made them one of the premier educational institutions in the country, preparing and issuing thousands of people their CPR and First Aid Certifications.

NCS’s and Archuleta County Education Center’s principles are built on the strong belief that more people educated in CPR and First Aid will lead to more saved lives. We take our job very seriously. Your satisfaction with the material and the whole certification process is one of our main goals.

We realize there are many online courses being offered. Some are free, some have tuition costs. Either way, it is our understanding that many employers do not accept certificates issued online. We do know that the U.S. Forest Service does not recognize any online certifications. The requirements set for outfitters and Chimney Rock employees include eight hours of instruction and a sign-off by a licensed First Aid/CPR instructor for the hands-on portion of the class.

Archuleta County Education Center has been the longtime provider of quality, hands-on emergency response classes. Classes are offered once a month for a fee that is lower than other providers in the Four Corners area — $70.

Our next set of classes will be Saturday, Dec.15; Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 14 and 16; Saturday, Feb. 16; Monday and Wednesday, March 18 and 20; Saturday, April 20 and more throughout the spring.

We plan to grow our base of students, and believe the only way to accomplish this is to provide quality educational material in the effective format for an affordable price.

Currently, we have Carl Macht and Pete Peterson as our primary FA/CPR. Carl has been involved in the medical field for over 30 years. He is currently the Archuleta County coroner and has a passion for our community and teaching simple lifesaving techniques. Pete is a retired anatomy and physiology teacher and a wilderness survivor instructor. Both men have been actively participating in our FA/CPR program for decades.

Call us at 264-2835 or visit our website at www.archuletacountyeducationcenter.com for more classes the Ed Center offers.

This story was posted on November 19, 2012.