CRP, disaster team training offered

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 06:06 AM

If a disaster, such as last year’s EF2 tornado in Ellenboro, occurred in Rutherford County today there would be few volunteers with disaster training who could offer services.

The professionals, such as firefighters and Rutherford County EMS and Rescue are always trained but Rodney Blanton is concerned about other volunteers who would want to help but lack training.

Considering the lack of disaster training in the county since the American Red Cross offices were consolidated to western North Carolina,  Blanton is utilizing his 17 years of experience teaching life saving classes with the American Red Cross through his new business, CPR & More LLC.  He also teaches the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). 

Located on South Broadway Street in Forest City in the former Clara Allen Building (across from Hardee’s), Blanton teaches individuals and groups in CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and other specialized training classes in different areas.

“If we had to have a mass feeding here, I’m not sure the volunteers would be trained to provide the services in the event of a disaster,” Blanton said from the office this week.”Since Red Cross left we really haven’t had anybody to teach . . .and a lot of people need this training,” Blanton said. He said at one time there were between 30 and 50 disaster team volunteer available to respond to any disaster situation.

“We have been teaching for over 17 years,” Blanton said. “From the individual to large groups at Isothermal Community College, our training meets the needs of school staff, first responders in the workplace, healthcare providers and the general public.”

Joining him is another former American Red Cross instructor, Dani Janulis. An instructor since 1974, Janulis already teaches life saving classes at Isothermal Community College. 

Blanton and Janulis are certified by the National Safety Council, the American Heart Association, Emergency Care and Safety Institute Instructor and the  American Safety & Health Institute. 

Classes offered through CPR & More will include First Aid, CPR, Automated External Defibrillator, Wilderness First Aid, Pet CPR, Infant and Adult CPR and others.

Fees are $55 per class and Blanton says he is flexible with fees and offers group rates.

Call him at 1-828-305-0987 or visit: