A couple weeks ago, an elderly lady passed out suddenly during Mass. Fortunately, a church is a pretty good place for a medical emergency. There happened to be present 2 doctors and 3 EMT's, plus plenty of cell phones and a couple hundred people praying. Thankfully, she came to relatively quickly and the on-duty EMT's who arrived few minutes later were able to escort her out on her feet, thankfully.
This is actually the fourth time I've seen such an event occur in church over the years, but I don't want to be unprepared if I witness an emergency without such fortuitious presence of trained professionals. One of my resolutions for the new year is to get properly trained and certified for common emergencies.
So, what certifications (or perhaps even uncertified courses) are available for average Joes, and which do you recommend I seek? I saw Red Cross has an abbreviated list online of courses they certify people to teach, but no information about finding those classes locally.
I figure a basic first aid course and a CPR course are probably a good start. Anything else? Where should I look to take these classes? Community college, Red Cross, other?