The Red Cross Offers CPR Training in Convenient Formats


American Red Cross
American Red Cross

Retired U.S. Marine Corps officer and former FBI special agent John Guandolo has devoted his career to keeping others safe. In addition to his extensive work as a counterterrorism expert, both with the FBI and as the founder of the counterterrorism-education website, John Guandolo has also served as an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid for the Red Cross.

The American Red Cross is one of the country’s largest nonprofit organizations, and it uses its reach to mobilize donors and volunteers to alleviate human suffering around the globe. As part of this endeavor, the Red Cross offers CPR and other first-aid training.

The organization’s CPR training is available in person, online, or in a mix of both formats, which allows people who may not be able to get to a particular facility to receive the training. The in-person classes are held in many locations and at convenient times. They involve hands-on teaching by experienced instructors, and participants get full certification. The interactive and customizable online classes can be taken at the user’s convenience. Because they do not involve a live instructor, they do not result in certification. A third option is a blend of the two, with some classes taken online and some with an instructor. People opting for this methodology receive full certification.


Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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