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Starting CPR within four to six minutes of a cardiac event can bring a person out of cardiac arrest without any permanent disability. If CPR is started within 10 minutes of a cardiac event, there’s still a chance of successful resuscitation.
At South Montgomery County Fire Department (SMCFD), we can help you save a life by teaching you CPR and preparing you for the worst. We teach American Heart Association (AHA) classes that, upon completion, earn you a certification card good for two years.
Why Take a CPR Class?
Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Here’s why you should consider learning CPR:
- Knowing CPR gives you the ability to save a life.
- Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88% of cardiac arrests occur at home.
- Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
- Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
- Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
- A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.
What Is an AED?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) device provides an electrical shock to someone in cardiac arrest. Studies show effective CPR and the rapid use of an AED can greatly increase the chance of survival. AEDs can be found in many public places and are responsible for helping to save many lives.
About Our Classes
Heartsaver® CPR AED
Heartsaver CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use; infant CPR; and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.
This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.
This course includes instruction on:
- Adult CPR and AED use
- Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies
- Child CPR and AED use
- Infant CPR
- Adult, child, and infant choking
- Child CPR and AED use and infant CPR, including child and infant choking (optional)
Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR
BLS CPR is an instructor-led course in which students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.
This course includes instruction on:
- High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
- The AHA chain of survival, specifically the BLS components
- The use of an AED
- Effective ventilations using a barrier device
- The importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
- Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants
Heartsaver® First Aid
Heartsaver First Aid is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills that let them respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services arrives. Students learn:
- Duties and responsibilities of first aid rescuers
- First aid actions for medical emergencies, including severe choking, heart attack, and stroke
- Skills for handling injury and environmental emergencies, including external bleeding, broken bones and sprains, and bites and stings
CPR Class FAQs
Classes are held on select Tuesdays from 6–10 p.m. and select Saturdays from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Please check the class schedule below to see future class dates.
No classes are currently scheduled, but keep checking back for updates.
Your temperature will be checked and logged upon entry to class. Anyone with temperatures above 99.0 and/or presenting COVID- or flu-like symptoms won’t be allowed in class but will be allowed to reschedule.
Registration fees are nonrefundable.
It’s recommended, but not required, that instructors and students wear masks during classes and remain at least six feet apart. The number of attendees will be limited to the number of students who can maintain the six-foot rule.