The First Response Team and Blood Donor Clinics on Campus

Thursday, September 8, 2011

  • The Guelph Fire and Rescue team was present for the demonstration.

    The Guelph Fire and Rescue team was present for the demonstration.

  • FRT in action.

    FRT in action.

Written by Janet Errygers

On Tuesday, the First Response Team hosted an event on campus called Triage This! This event depicted the scene of a car accident and showed the large crowd of onlookers how the FRT responds to such situations. Also present were Canadian Blood Services, who tested volunteers' blood for their blood type.

After the demonstration, I spoke with Heidi of the FRT. She explained that the team comprised of fifty student volunteers who respond to on campus medical emergencies and on average encounter one life-threatening call per week. The most common call-ins are dubbed HBDs, short for “has been drinking”.

The FRT recruits once per year in September. An application, due September 14th, is available online at http://www.uoguelph.ca/frt for those who are interested. Volunteers are required to be CPR-C and Standard First Aid certified, and will undergo two weekends of training.

The FRT also hosts a CPR day in late October where they spend the day giving demonstrations of CPR. Additionally, they run two First Aid and CPR-C certification courses per semester. This semester, they will be held September 17th and 18th, which is next weekend. Information about these courses can be found online at the link above.

The first on campus blood donor clinic will be held in Peter Clark Hall on Friday, September 30th from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to take the free Life Bus from campus to the Guelph Blood Donor Clinic at 130 Silvercreek Pkwy N. If students arrange a group of four or more donors, free pizza will be provided. There will be additional blood donor clinics on the following dates:

  1. Monday, October 24, 2011
  2. Monday, January 23, 2012
  3. Friday, March 23, 2012

The Life Bus can be booked at (518) 837-4564.

To contact the FRT in case of an emergency, dial x2000.

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