Thursday, May 25, 2017

Friends of DCP Receive American Red Cross Certifications

The Darke County Park District is an authorized Red Cross training provider for the county, and on the evenings of April 18th and 20th the Friends of Darke County Parks received their American Red Cross certifications in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and using an automated external defibrillator.

After the park staff received their recertification, the Friends of the Park approached them about doing another class for the volunteers. They believe that having the American Red Cross training is very important because they come into contact with thousands of park visitors annually. Park district director and certified instructor, Roger Van Frank led the class for six park volunteers who are always a very active presence at park functions. He was pleased with the interest from the volunteers and said he will continue to offer the class annually for those who missed it and to maintain the current certifications.

The Darke County Park District will also be offering an American Red Cross class to the general public this summer. On August 11th through the 13th, they will host the American Red Cross: Wilderness First Aid class. Registration is required, and there is a $159 class fee. Current American Red Cross CPR certification is required prior to attending the course.

First Aid and CPR training are crucial for all to know and understand, but what happens when you’re out of range of a cellular tower and no one can be called to help? During this workshop, participants will dive deep into the first aid care required in a backcountry situation. The class will begin with a classroom session Friday evening and will meet again on Saturday morning to continue the training. The workshop will conclude on Sunday at 1pm after an overnight camping experience in the park. Spending the days outdoors, students will work through real-world scenarios as they walk the trails encountering workstations along the way.

For more information about the class or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

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