As a military veteran, service to others comes as second nature to John Guandolo. Besides serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he supports numerous charitable organizations, such as the American Red Cross. As a CPR and first aid instructor, John Guandolo teaches others to save lives.
A CPR and first aid instructor teaches individuals, such as school staff healthcare workers and workplace responders, to perform chest compressions and operate an automated external defibrillator (AED), a machine used on victims of sudden heart attacks. Every year, the number of people who die from sudden heart attacks rises, and a percentage of those could be prevented if an AED was nearby, as well as an individual trained in using it properly.
Although those interested in becoming an instructor can choose one area to focus on, such as CPR and first aid, cross training in other courses, including swimming and water safety, is encouraged. Additionally, the American Red Cross provides opportunities to train in wilderness and remote first aid. After finishing their instructor training courses, individuals prepare to teach lifesaving techniques in a vast number of settings, whether it is co-workers, clients, people at community events, or family and friends.