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First aid instructor returns to Expo

First aid training is part of the farming lifestyle, says instructor Mark Lidbeck, himself a farm kid. Lidbeck will offer first aid training during this year’s Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.
Matthew Weaver

Capital Press

Published on January 25, 2018 9:38AM


Mark Lidbeck returns to this year’s Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum to teach first aid.

He occasionally hears from people that the lessons have been helpful on the farm.

“Everybody can benefit from knowing some of these things,” he said. “Ideally, if something happens in their life, then it pays off, maybe saves somebody.”

His presentation is 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Washington state law requires farmers and ranchers to make sure first aid-trained personnel are available to provide quick and effective care, and that appropriate medical supplies are readily available, according to the Department of Labor and Industries safety standards for agriculture.

One person has to be certified on every job site, Lidbeck said.

“If they’re out working by themselves in the field, that’s them, baby,” he said with a chuckle.

Lidbeck grew up on a beef and dairy farm in Bellingham. He was active in agriculture and a state officer in FFA.

“I’m an old farm boy myself,” he said. “So this is near and dear to my heart.”

Lidbeck became certified as an instructor 40 years ago for the company he worked with at the time. That led to forming his own business.

Lidbeck tries to tailor his presentation to farmers’ needs.

“Farmers are really a unique opportunity,” he said. “They’re always involved in equipment, sometimes they’re away from their home site, sometimes alone. It all applies.”

Lidbeck also covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation and what to do if someone is choking.

Contact Lidbeck at mark1146@comcast.net.



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