Red Cross offers classes

| 22 Feb 2012 | 08:34

    Newton — Red Cross volunteer Doug Houskeeper invites community members to sign up for dog first aid training on either June 11 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Red Cross Headquarters on 93 Spring Street in Newton or on June 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Newton Veterinary Hospital on 116 Hampton House Road in Newton. Houskeeper presented information on pet first aid recently at the Northern New Jersey Pet Expo. Dog first aid training explains emergency care procedures for dogs in simple terms, and the course fee includes a 116-page full-color book with a companion DVD and features step-by-step directions for topics from giving medication to administering CPR and rescue breathing. Pre-registration is required and the fee is $40 per person. Other upcoming classes include: On Wednesday, May 27 and Tuesday, June 2, an Infant and Child CPR class will be offered from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Attendees will learn the skills needed to provide care for infants and children in the case of breathing emergencies, and perform CPR. The fee is $55. On Thursday, June 4, a Recertification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer is being offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Calling all lifeguards: Time to re-certify. This course is designed for any individual who has a duty to respond to emergencies. Topics include recognizing and responding to breathing and cardiac emergencies, two-rescuer CPR techniques for drowning and other special situations, using resuscitation and bag-valve masks, use of an AED for a victim of sudden cardiac arrest and using an AED when CPR is already in progress. The fee for the class is $45 and participants must have their own pocket mask. On Saturday, June 6, a Babysitter’s Training course is being offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Babysitter’s Training course has a unique interactive, educational format that tasks youth, ages 11 - 15 years of age, with activities such as identifying safety problems around the house and yard and selecting age-appropriate toys and games for children in their care. The fee for this course is $65. On Tuesday, June 9, a First Aid course will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. This course is intended to teach lay responders the knowledge and skills necessary to give care in an emergency, help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives. The fee is $45. Pre-registration and payment for all classes is required. Call the Sussex County Chapter at 973-579-1600 or visit