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  CPR/AED/First Aid Training

In support of Mayor Bowser’s goal of creating safer and stronger communities across the District of Columbia, Serve DC is pleased to offer Emergency Preparedness and Safety Training. One of the Serve DC Emergency Preparedness and Safety Training Campaign's goals is to provide FREE four (4) hour training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and basic First Aid (FA) to District of Columbia residents and people that frequently visit the District, such as those employed in the District of Columbia who are not residents or attend academic and religious institutions in the District. Serve DC offers Emergency Preparedness and Safety essentials for a safer, stronger DC!

*Classes begin promptly. Once instruction commences, late arrivals must register for another class.

Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

  • recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies.
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed.

Certification Requirements Classroom (instructor-led):

  • Attend all class sessions and participate in all course activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills, including at minimum two (2) full minutes of CPR demonstration. Reasonable accommodation is provided for participants that may have mobility issues.
  • Successfully complete the Putting It All Together Assessment Scenarios.

Certificate Issued and Validity Period

  • All First Aid/CPR/AED certifications offered are valid for 2 years from the date of course completion.
  • Serve DC CPR/AED training is administered under guidelines from the American Red Cross.
  • This training is not intended for those who need CPR/AED/FA certification as a condition of employment. Please contact DC Fire and EMS for CPR/AED/FA training at (202)673-6901 that may be used for employment purposes

CPR/AED/First Aid Overview

  • CPR training is administered under guidelines from the American Red Cross. CPR is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. CPR is a combination of chest compressions and rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation).
  • AED Automated External Defibrillator) is a portable lightweight device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume in a heart in sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function. If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. Most sudden cardiac arrests result from ventricular fibrillation. This is a rapid and unsynchronized heart rhythm starting in the heart’s lower pumping chambers (the ventricles). The heart must be “defibrillated” quickly because a victim’s chance of surviving drops by 7 to 10 percent for every minute a normal heartbeat isn’t restored.
  • First Aid training gives you the information and skills you need to help adults and children during many emergency situations. Utilizing the American Red Cross training method of a hands-on skills session, our first aid training delivers the latest information.

For more information about CPR/AED/First Aid training please see our current training calendar HERE or contact Serve DC at [email protected] or (202) 727-7925.