Molokai First Aid Class
Maui County Red Cross News Release
A handful of Molokai residents and Red Cross volunteers got certified or recertified to practice adult and child CPR and first aid during a class held last Thursday. The class was taught on Molokai by Gordon Gillis of Maui, owner of Safety Services Hawaii, a company that provides community and workplace health training and consulting.
Participants of the classes became certified in the most recent Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques as well as how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), basic emergency first aid, and Naloxone administration. The certification is good for two years, and four Red Cross Molokai volunteers became recertified.
“Naloxone training is essential because it empowers individuals to become lifesavers,” said Gillis. “Just as CPR can save someone experiencing a cardiac arrest, Naloxone training equips us to rescue those in the grips of an opioid overdose. By learning to administer this medication, we gain the power to turn despair into hope and potentially save a life, making our communities safer and more compassionate.”
Gillis is a certified trainer for OSHA and the American Red Cross and his company offers community safety training such as CPR, basic life support, Red Cross instructor training, lifeguarding, babysitting, and others, along with driving and workplace safety and health training. This was Gillis’ second visit to instruct on Molokai, facilitated by the Molokai Community Health Center.
Those interested in participating in future classes or becoming an American Red Cross volunteer can call (808) 264-8785 for more information.