New, Improved First Aid Class Offered At Gila College


The first aid class you took in high school, in summer camp or even just a few years ago is not the same class being offered at Gila Community College in Payson.

Darlene Parker is a retired nurse and has taught first aid classes herself, even for the Red Cross, and she learned new things.

"It is totally different from when I was teaching it. CPR is just chest compressions (for adults) now. You don't have to put your mouth on anybody, just keep doing chest compressions until emergency personnel arrive. It is something everyone in this town should know."

She said the instructor, Gary Wong, is one of the best she has seen. "He knows his stuff and he is so enthusiastic."

Parker said the college has excellent equipment for the class too.

"I just loved it and learned so much," she said.

She is so excited about the class she had three of her neighbors enroll in it.

The class is from 8 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. on Thursdays and costs $110. However, for those 55 and older, there is no charge. It will start May 29, but those interested still have until May 28 to enroll.

For information, stop by the college at 201 N. Mud Springs Road or call (928) 468-8039.

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