Cardiac arrest, an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs, is a leading cause of death. According to the American Heart Association, each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
North Whidbey Fire & Rescue is proud to offer the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED courses to the public. Heartsaver courses are designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (for example, OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. After completing the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course, students receive a course completion card that is valid for 2 years.
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants. Unfortunately, we do not offer the BLS for Healthcare Providers course. There is no official minimum age requirement for the course. However, your child should be able to sit through a 6 hour course.
North Whidbey Fire & Rescue courses are held on the second Saturday of each month. The cost of $50 includes your certification card, text book and pocket CPR mask. The fee is nonrefundable. However, if you are unable to attend the course you are registered for, you may attend a course within 3 months.
To register for one of our classes, you must visit our District Administrative Office at 770 NE Midway Blvd, Suite 201. Payment can be made by cash or check ONLY. We are unable to accept credit or debit cards or register participants by phone.
Registration is done on a first come, first served basis and your seat is reserved once you have paid for the class. Classes fill up quickly so be sure to sign up early! We are required by the American Heart Association to provide you with the course book no later than one week prior to the course, unfortunately we are unable to have a waiting list for classes.