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Our certified American Heart Association CPR instructors teach classes for the public several times a year. The courses are targeted for different audiences, cover different topics, and have different completion times. The course descriptions are listed below. For more information, contact us at 201-664-1289 or email us. You may also click here to fill out an interest form.

Upcoming CPR Classes

Please e-mail to request a class or ask to be placed on the list for the next class.
Note: Unless otherwise specified, CPR classes are held at the ambulance building.

CPR for Family and Friends

The CPR for Family and Friends course targets lay rescuers, such as school children, persons with family members at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, and others who want to learn rescue skills for those close to them. You will learn CPR skills, and relief of foreign body airway obstruction.

The course can be taught in discrete segments or as a whole. The adult CPR course is approximately 2 hours; infant and child CPR is approximately 21/2 hours; the combined course is 4 1/2 hours. All segments of the course use video demonstrations and hands on practice of skills.

No written or skills test is required. No letter of completion is given with this course. If you need a credential, for your workplace, for example, this course is inappropriate.

Heartsaver CPR in Schools

This CPR course targets middle and high school students, and teaches both adult and pediatric lay rescuer CPR. In addition to CPR and foreign body airway obstruction, participants can choose to learn the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators).

This 4 to 6 hour course is arranged in 40 minute blocks, so that it can be integrated into a school class schedule. Video instruction is combined with instructor led scenarios and peer group practice.

No written or skills test is required, at the present time. If you need a credential, for your workplace, for example, this course is inappropriate.

Heartsaver CPR

Heartsaver CPR teaches CPR and relief of FBAO (foreign body airway obstruction), and is designed for lay rescuers, such as security guards, firefighters, police and other lay rescuers who are required to obtain a course completion card - a credential -documenting completion of a CPR course.

There are two course segments; adult, and infant/child. Each lasts approximately 3 hours. The course includes several learning modes, including video presentations and demonstrations, instructor led discussions and practice, and peer practice.

Participants must successfully complete a written exam and skills demonstration. A course completion card - a credential - is given to students.

Heartsaver AED

Heartsaver AED teaches CPR, the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and relief of FBAO (foreign body airway obstruction) to all lay rescuers. This course is designed for lay rescuers who must have a course completion credential and have access to an AED.

The course can be taught as two separate segments. CPR, AED use and FBAO for adult victims lasts approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Adding CPR and FBAO for pediatric victims extends the course time to approximately 6 to 7 hours.

Participants must successfully complete a written exam and skills demonstration. A course completion card - a credential - is given to students.

BLS for Healthcare Providers

This course teaches CPR for all victims, AED use, and relief of FBAO. Intended participants are those who provide health care to patients both in and out of hospital settings. Targeted students include EMTs, doctors, nurses, health aides, other health personnel, and anyone required to take a health care provider course for employment. The course takes between 6 and 8 hours to complete.

All participants who complete the course are expected to demonstrate the skills of CPR, mouth to mask and bag mask ventilation, use of AEDs, and relief of FBAO for responsive and unresponsive victims.

Participants must successfully complete a written exam and skills demonstration. A course completion card - a credential - is given to students.

Heartsaver FACTS

The Heartsaver FACTS course combines the Heartsaver AED with first aid for early responders. Target students are lay responders, such as police officers, firefighters, security personnel, workplace employees and other laypersons.

The course lasts approximately 7 1/2 to 8 hours. Students learn adult CPR with barrier devices, AED use, relief of FBAO, adult assessment, bleeding control and immobilization.

Participants must successfully complete a written exam and skills demonstration. A course completion card - a credential - is given to students.