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About Us


For over ten years, we have been providing First Aid and responder preparedness classes, including CPR, Basic and Advanced First Aid, and Wilderness / Remote First Aid.

It is our goal to make classes practical and pertinent, and to give participants the skills and confidence to handle medical emergencies.  We work with a variety of businesses, including manufacturing, construction, office environments, schools, the hospitality industry, and public places, including park districts.  In addition, we offer a regular schedule of classes for individuals.  We would appreciate the opportunity to customize a class for you or your workplace.

We hope to have the opportunity to work with you and invite you to call to discuss your training needs.


J. Martin Raine Bio

John Martin Raine is the Co-Founder of Affinity Institute.  He serves as Safety Programs Director and Lead Instructor.

He worked for over twenty years in the areas of Psychology, Emergency Preparedness, and Emergency Psychiatry.  Since 2009, he has been focused on teaching CPR and First Aid Classes.  He is an Instructor and an Instructor Trainer for the American Heart Association. His primary focus is on Workplace First Aid.

Martin is also a Wilderness First Responder with many years of experience in outdoor activities.    He teaches our Wilderness and Remote Location First Aid classes.  In addition, he developed our Pre-and Post-Emergency Response Program which addresses the psychological and physical components involved in responding to a medical emergency.


Tara Raine Bio

Tara is the Co-Founder and Education Director of Affinity Institute.  She initially became an instructor for the American Heart Association (AHA) in 1999 and is currently an Instructor Trainer.

In addition, she is certified as an Instructor Trainer in Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning by The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force.  In the past, she served as part of Chicago’s Community Emergency Response Team and is certified by the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Her primary focus is on helping non-medical responders develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to respond to out-of-hospital emergencies.

In addition to First Aid training, Tara is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and teaches Verbal First Aid classes to both medial and non-medical responders.