About Us

My name is Sandra Volard-Kruis, born and raised in Holland. In December 2008 I arrived on the island of Sint Maarten together with my partner Eric, who became my husband in 2011. I am certified to train people to become Emergency First Responders. As a Full Instructor for the European Resuscitation Council in the Netherlands I gained extensive experience in training CPR/AED/First Aid courses. I trained Police Officers, Firefighters, Dentists, Medical Students, Security Officers and many more…

Before we arrived on Sint Maarten I worked as a nurse anesthetist in the Academical Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam – in this position I was part of the resuscitation team. This meant that whenever there was a CPR situation inside the hospital or on its way with an ambulance I was involved in the follow-up.

Apart from working in the AMC, I also worked for the NGO Artsen Zonder Grenzen, also known as Doctors without Borders, or Medecins sans Frontieres (internationally known as MSF). There I was responsible for anesthesia concerning all the emergency surgical and obstetrical operations in a local hospital in the warzone in the north of Sri Lanka.

Overall you can say that I had my share of medical emergencies in all kinds of settings!

Why Emergency First Response®?

Emergency First Response® (EFR) is one of the foremost CPR and First Aid training companies in the world. There are more then 56.000 expert instructors who use their award-winning course materials. The simplified approach to training makes CPR and First Aid easy to learn. It gives you the confidence you need to respond in a medical emergency.

Emergency First Response® courses meet standards for workplace safety at local, regional and national levels.

Courses follow protocols as developed by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Members include:

  • the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • the European Resuscitation Council (ERC)
  • the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC)
  • the New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC)
  • the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC)
  • the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa (RCSA)
  • the Inter American Heart Foundation (IAHF)
  • the Resuscitation Council of Asia (RCA).