The Town House Hotel in Naas is to be the new mid-Leinster base Irish Red Cross training centre for courses ranging from basic first aid to Emergency Medical Technician level.
The Irish Red Cross made the decision to locate in Naas in response to the high level of interest shown in Co Kildare from people wanting training for personal and professional reasons.
Danny Curran, Head of Irish Red Cross Training said he was particularly pleased to offer courses that will create community benefit as well as convenience.
“We have so much demand from Co Kildare; and its border with so many Leinster counties makes it the perfect location. We have a lot of demand from Carlow, Offaly, Kilkenny and Laois as well.
“We’re offering courses that satisfy so many needs and interests from occupational first aid that employers need for their staff, to basic emergency first aid.
“Naas will also be handier for those involved in sports clubs and community events. We are really keen to encourage these people to get First Aid training because it is so important to be able to respond fast to injuries and emergencies that can occur on the field of play or at recreational events,” said Mr Curran.
The courses on offer include: Family First Aid; Cardiac First Responder; Emergency First Aid; Occupational First Aid and refresher training.
“This will be handier for those working in the expanding area of childcare who must undergo First Aid training every two years.
“Other workers and employers will also benefit. Under health and safety law, many employers must have members of staff trained in occupational first aid who must take refresher courses every two years.
“This applies to people who work or volunteer in security, marshalling and firefighting but offices and most retailers also must have trained first aiders. So locating in Naas will save a lot of time for people like that as well as those who want to train or enhance their skills for personal reasons,” Mr Curran added.