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EHS Establishes New CPR Training Center

Environmental Health Safety has established a new American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR/AED/First Aid Training Center. In the past EHS provided CPR training services through a third party contractor.

EHS will now house a training program within the University.

Photograph of the three new CPR Trainers, Alex Fusaro, James Cantu, Brandon Best

Left to Right: Alex Fusaro, James Cantu, Brandon Best

New Trainers!

EHS would like to congratulate our first three new CPR/AED/BFA instructors: Brandon Best, James Cantu and Alex Fusaro! Additional trainers are forthcoming. Our group of trainers will ensure that we can offer regular classes on a predictable schedule.

When will training classes be scheduled?

We anticipate serving some specific needs for department and units that have specific requirements initially. We will then schedule open classes as we have done in the past. New training opportunities will appear in the Campus Events Calendar and will be publicized through TN Today or other means. Look for new dates in November and December soon!

How much will classes cost?

Through the creation of the new training center, EHS was able to reduce costs. The new fees for the courses are as follows.

  • First Aid only – $15.00
  • CPR/AED only – $30.00
  • CPR/AED & First Aid  – $40.00

How do I get more information or request training?

Contact Kim Harmon at or 865-974-5084.

Employees Learn Fire Extinguisher Use, Heimlich Maneuver at Benefits Fair

EHS had a great turn-out at the Benefits Fair!

Environmental Health & Safety estimates that over 200 people were trained on how to use a fire extinguisher and the Heimlich Maneuver at the UT Employee Benefits Fair. The annual event occurred on Thursday, September 26, 2019. It is intended to help employees navigate the many benefits available to them, and it is a great opportunity for employees to meet the EHS team that helps keep them safe in the workplace.

Fire Fighting Competition

We had some exciting “competitions” for best time putting out the fire including some supervisor versus employee groups as well as one mother-daughter challenge.

Our winner for the best time was Jonathan Curry, Associate Director, CAPS Outreach Center with a time of 10.4 seconds!

Jonathan won a Fire Dog for his excellent fire extinguishing performance.

Our second-best time of 13.0 seconds was Liaren Gladfelter, Educational Specialist, CAPS Outreach Center.  And our third-best time of 14.2 seconds was Michelle McBee, Accounting Specialist I, Nuclear Engineering.

Heimlich Maneuver Training

EHS introduced many employees to “Choking Charlie”. Charlie simulates a person who is choking with an actual object trapped in his throat. Users were often surprised when their efforts ejected an actual foreign object.



Get Trained

Employees should stay up-to-date on appropriate emergency response as well as the prevention of accidents. For more information on training for your employees please contact EHS at or 865-974-5084.

Learn How to Fight a Fire and More: UT Employee Benefits Fair

Do you know how to use a portable fire extinguisher or how to save someone from choking?

This year EHS will participate in the UT Employee Benefits Fair Thursday, September 25, 2019 in Thompson Boling Arena.

Representatives from several EHS groups will be on hand to demonstrate the new Fire Simulator and RACE Station. This system can be used to train your employees on how to alert others, get help, and use a fire extinguisher safely. You can put out a simulated fire safely and quickly. The system times you, so see if you can compete for for the best score.

Also, come meet Choking Charlie. Not your ordinary life saving mannequin, Charlie simulates a Vol who might have forgotten to chew up their Smokey Dog. You can “save” Charlie’s life by using the Heimlich Maneuver.

EHS want all Vols to be safe and know what to do in an emergency. Come out to Thompson Boling Arena to visit us and learn more!


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