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CPR Training

CPR Training

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique. Boston EMS offers CPR certification classes for groups of 20 or more, as well as free non-certificate CPR instruction for community groups.

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Before you get started

With hands-only CPR, there aren’t any rescue breaths. You just call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast on the center of the victim’s chest. Hands-only is recommended on adults who have suddenly collapsed.  Learn more about hands-only CPR.

The CPR Anytime program teaches essential skills in just 22 minutes with a kit that includes instructions and an inflatable mannequin. Learn more about CPR Anytime.

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Organize a group

Any formal or informal community group of 15 or more individuals may request a free (non-certificate) hands-only CPR instructional presentation. The group must be in the City of Boston and have access to a venue capable of hosting the training.

The course can be offered in multiple languages in addition to English, including:

  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Cantonese
  • Portuguese Creole
  • Haitian Creole
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Schedule a Training

Contact Boston EMS Community Initiatives to schedule a training at:

You can also fill out an online community event request form.

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Remind Attendees

As the course date nears, please send reminder notices to all confirmed attendees to ensure a full class.

If, as the course date draws near, multiple attendees cancel and attendance is expected to be low, please contact Boston EMS Community Initiatives as soon as possible to reschedule (617-343-1029).

Step

Before you get started

With hands-only CPR, there aren’t any rescue breaths. You just call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast on the center of the victim’s chest. Hands-only is recommended on adults who have suddenly collapsed.  Learn more about hands-only CPR.

The CPR Anytime program teaches essential skills in just 22 minutes with a kit that includes instructions and an inflatable mannequin. Learn more about CPR Anytime.

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Watch a video

Boston EMS has developed Adult Hands-Only CPR Anytime instructional videos in the following languages:

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Before you get started

Although a certification is not required to know CPR, it may be a necessary for certain careers. Businesses may choose to certify employees as an investment in their professional development and safety.

Boston EMS has a number of seasoned EMTs and Paramedics who can serve as CPR instructors. A minimum of 20 participants are required for any CPR certification course. The standard CPR/AED course fee is $75 per person, with an additional $10 per person charge for inclusion of Pediatric CPR and $25 for First Aid.

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Schedule a course

Contact Boston EMS Community Initiatives to schedule a CPR certification training at:

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Remind Attendees

As the course date nears, please send reminder notices to all confirmed attendees to ensure a full class.

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Contact Boston EMS if anything changes

The American Heart Association requires a defined ratio of participants to instructors. If more attendees show up than planned, Boston EMS may not be able to include them in the training. If fewer people attend, additional instructors may have unnecessarily been hired.

Boston EMS requires sufficient time to request or cancel staffing for the training, if more or less personnel are needed.

If Boston EMS is not notified at least two business days before a training that attendance has changed, we reserve the right to restrict attendance to the number that was communicated (if more attend) and to charge based on the initial attendee projection (if fewer attend).

Step

Before you get started

Boston EMS does not currently offer CPR certification courses for individuals.

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Schedule a course

Here are a few other organizations currently offering CPR certification courses:

Need to Know:

You can contact Boston EMS Community Initiatives at 617-343-1029, or communityinitiatives@bostonems.org.

Contact:
Emergency Medical Services
617-343-2367
785 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
United States

Why is CPR important?

  • When a heart attack or cardiac arrest happens, the heart stops pumping blood through the body. You can support a victim’s heart through rescue breathing and chest compressions.
  • CPR pumps a small amount of blood to the brain. It “buys time” until the heart can function on its own again.
  • According to the American Heart Association, about 80 percent of heart attacks occur at home. Ninety-two percent of victims die before getting to the hospital. CPR can more than double a victim's chance of survival.
  • We encourage everyone to learn this technique, including parents, babysitters, caregivers, and teachers.
  • The American Heart Association has more information about CPR and heart-health.