FREE CPR CLASSES
The South Bay Fire Department is pleased to offer free CPR classes at our main station 81 located at 3506 Shincke Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506. Classes are held on Wednesdays, 7 pm – 10 pm and are taught by instructor Ron Wertz. (Read more about Mr. Wertz here). Call Medic One at (360) 704-2780 to register for classes or for further information.
Current class schedule:
- Sept 20 (compression only)
- Sept 27 (compression only)
- Oct 18 (compression only)
- Oct 25 (AHA – infant, child, adult & AED)
- Nov 15 (compression only)
- Nov 29 (compression only)
- Dec 6 (AHA – infant, child, adult & AED)
Note: Compression-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use on a teen or adult.
American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver 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.
AED is an Automatic External Defibrillator.
If you would like information on FIRST AID classes, click here.
Did you know?….
Since the advent of CPR, deaths from heart attack have fallen by two-thirds. Some of this is attributed to prevention—lower smoking rates along with better blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes medications. Some is due to improved surgical procedures and cardiac care to treat those with coronary artery disease. Some of the decrease in deaths from cardiac arrest is attributable to more widespread dissemination of CPR, first to physicians and nurses, later to EMS, and more recently, into communities. The lessons of 1960s are just as valid today as they were then. CPR has to begin in the first minutes of a cardiac arrest and the defibrillator has to arrive at the scene as quickly as possible. If we can spread that message and make defibrillators as common as smoke detectors, then you will have resuscitation rates of 60 to 70 percent.”
Compression-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:
- Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that).
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.When you call 911, you need to stay on the phone until the 911 dispatcher (operator) tells you to hang up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency. They will also ask for details like your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Remember that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help
What Is an Automated External Defibrillator?
- An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. 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.