The Countdown is on
22 Days Until the Iowa State Fair!
180 First Aid Station shifts are still open
Join Us August 7-17!

Each year, tens of thousands of Iowans make their way through the gates at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Sometimes a few of them may need medical care or assistance, and that's why American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa volunteers are there to provide first aid. 


From a stubbed toe, to an upset stomach to broken bones, Red Cross volunteers help Iowa State Fairgoers in their time of need!


During the 2013 Iowa State Fair, Red Cross volunteers assisted more than 5,500 people at two first aid stations. 


This year, volunteers are needed to staff three first aid stations: the Hy-Vee Health and First Aid Center, which is at the top of Expo Hill; inside the Register building across from the Grandstand; and a new first aid station at the Des Moines University Mobile Clinic near Gate 10 by the Bud Light Stage. 


80 Red Cross volunteers have already filled more than 300 first aid station shifts, but we still have approximately 180 spots to fill! 


We hope to see you at the 2014 Iowa State Fair!
Photo courtesy: Iowa State Fair
Need a reason to volunteer? 
  1. Volunteer for 1 shift and receive free admission into the Fair.
  2. Volunteer for a double-shift (8 hours) and receive $5 in Fair food tickets.
  3. Volunteer for 2 or more days and receive a parking pass valid for the duration of the Fair.
  4. Sign up to volunteer 5 or more days and receive a wrist band for admission for the entire Fair.
And, there's more!
Sign up for multiple shifts and receive: 
  • Red Cross drawstring backpack (4 or more shifts)
  • Red Cross water bottle (pictured) (6 or more shifts)
  • Iowa Red Cross t-shirt (10 or more shifts) 
Lead First Aid 

The First Aid Station Team Leader is responsible to provide care consistent with professional level of training equitable to an emergency medical responder. Click here for qualifications.

Basic First Aid 

The First Aid Station Team Member is responsible to assist fair goers with minor scrapes and wounds. May also provide clerical support the first aid station, answer calls, document all service provided to fair goers. Click here for qualifications.

Need to update your certifications?

Did you know classes are free to volunteers?
All first aid station volunteers must be certified in first aid, CPR/AED and blood borne pathogens. 
Registered Red Cross volunteers. Email Julie Struck to put your name on the schedule! 
Thursday, August 7 -
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Iowa State Fair Grounds, Des Moines, IA
An awesome experience that you won't want to miss out on! 

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