New First Aid and Safety on the Farm program launched

St. John Ambulance and Ag for Life have launched a joint training initiative to help families who live and work on farms prepare and respond to emergencies.

Each year in Alberta, there are over 18 agricultural-related deaths and hundreds of injuries. Machinery, rollovers, and animal-related events are the predominant causes. Quick use of first aid and CPR can save lives in the event of an emergency.

The inaugural First Aid and Safety on the Farm class was held in Grande Prairie earlier this month and the program will now be launched across the province. The program covers common hazards on farms, potential risks, injury prevention, emergency response procedures, and control measures to reduce hazards.

The Emergency and Standard First Aid components offered are both Alberta OHS-approved courses. The first aid course, together with the Safety on the Farm module, teaches students how to properly respond to farm emergencies and injuries. When completed successfully students will receive two certificates — one for Safety on the Farm and one for First Aid training.

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