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DC Be Ready - FREE First Aid/CPR/AED Training

The “DC Be Ready” Safety Training Campaign's goal is to provide FREE training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) equipment 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.

Registration:  Visit to register.

ALL Classes will be held at the Serve DC Office (please bring photo identification to enter this government building).

Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center
2000 14th Street, NW Suite 101
Washington, DC  20009

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

  • 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.