About Heartland First Aid

Heartland First Aid Training has been providing outstanding training in First Aid/CPR, Water Safety and Babysitter Training to the Moose Jaw area since 2012. Now also proudly serving the Calgary area. Whether you need to be certified for employment, school or personal use, we’ve got you covered.

It is Heartland First Aid’s commitment to provide quality instruction with the most up-to-date information. We uphold the integrity it takes to provide customer satisfaction to participants in all programs.

Our courses incorporate the latest evidence-based scientific research on how to prevent and treat workplace injuries, and support a learner-centric environment for skill acquisition.

Heartland First Aid offers Red Cross Training Courses that include:

• Dynamic training techniques including video, media presentations, skills demonstrations, practice sessions, scenarios based on real-life situations, discussions and exercises.

• Highly trained Instructors who can enhance courses through their own experience and knowledge.

• Better learning experience through hands-on training using CPR mannequins, AED trainers, bandages and splinting materials, tourniquets, auto-injector trainers, inhalers, etc.

• Higher equipment-to-participant ratios which enable participants more time to practice skills.

• An online Comprehensive Guide for First Aid & CPR with more in-depth information for those employees wishing more information on any topic.

• A variety of delivery formats involving online and blended approaches to learning. 

At Heartland First Aid we provide:

Our Staff:

krista therens

Hi, I am Krista Therens, founder and head instructor with Heartland First Aid Training.

Born and raised in Moose Jaw, my passion for first aid began when I started taking courses to become a lifeguard.

As a Life Saving Swim, Red Cross Swim and Aquatic Fitness Instructor, I was learning and teaching many first aid skills. Enjoying and expanding my knowledge of first aid, I added Red Cross First Aid Instructor and Water Safety Instructor Trainer to my resume.

I pride myself on ensuring my courses are educational, effective and fun for all participants. Enjoying and expanding my knowledge of first aid, in 2015 I added First Aid Instructor Trainer to my repertoire.

I am the mom of four amazing girls, so I appreciate the flexibility that comes with teaching courses.

I have met so many great people with all types of backgrounds and experiences.  I look forward to meeting and training new people and re-certifying the fabulous people I already know.

Krista can be contacted via email at: [email protected]

Sam Hunter

Hi, I’m Sam Hunter, newest instructor with Heartland First Aid Training. I have 15+ years experience in the federally regulated aviation industry, where I have performed in several training roles over the years. I have trained colleagues on safety related topics such as aircraft de icing, as well as union leadership/shop steward classes.

First Aid is new subject matter for me, and I’m excited to be able to apply my experience and skills to this topic. I understand diverse learning styles and appreciate the knowledge and life experience that every student brings with them.

I was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. I have lived in Calgary since 2017 and really enjoy my new city. I love to travel and I love to learn about new cultures (I especially love to try local cuisine!). In my spare time, I enjoy knitting and digital art/graphic design.

Sam can be contacted via email at: [email protected]

Bridget Heron

Hi, I am Bridget Heron, First Aid and Youth Leader instructor with Heartland First Aid Training in Moose Jaw.

I’ve been in Moose Jaw for about 10 years. Originally I’m from small town Alberta, where my mother was also a First Aid instructor.

Growing up in a household of outdoor enthusiasts and in a community of farming and oilfield, I learned at a young age that first aid skills were life skills and I used them often. I expanded on my knowledge through a Diploma in Exercise Science, gaining a deeper understanding of anatomy/physiology and how to prevent injury and illness which are key components or Red Cross training. 

When I’m not instructing, I’m a stay-at-home mother of two small and very energetic kids.

I love Instructing and meeting new people. I aim to make my classes fun and informative, so that whether it’s your 1st class or your 15th, you will leave having learnt something new.

Phoenix Downton-Therens

Hi, I’m Phoenix Downton-Therens, a youth instructor with Heartland First Aid Training. I am a certified lifeguard and swim instructor. I teach youth based courses including Home Alone Safety and Babysitting certification.

I graduated from Vanier Collegiate in Moose Jaw and I am currently pursuing my post secondary education and vocational training. My experience with training, teaching and in a supervisory role for a teen program have allowed me to gain and transfer my knowledge to help younger children learn and prepare themselves to be independent, respectful and equiped for the challenges of looking after themselves, and others.

l enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends, as well as with my cat Pepper. He is a big, loveable farm cat who doesn’t speak up much but likes to make sure we know he rules the house!