In one year alone, 475,000 Americans died from cardiac arrest. Globally, cardiac arrest claims more lives than colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, influenza, pneumonia, auto accidents, HIV, firearms, and house fires combined. Fortunately, bystander CPR improves chances for survival and by learning about CPR and AEDs, YOU can save a life! If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Arvada Fire does not offer certified CPR classes.  We recommend that you contact the Red Cross or the American Heart Association for your certification needs. However, at public events and other special events, Arvada Fire frequently teaches "hands-only" CPR.  This life-saving technique can be learned in just five minutes but does not meet certification requirements.

  1. CPR
  2. AED
  3. PulsePoint

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective in the first few minutes as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in public. Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps, performed in this order:

  1. Call 911 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse. The dispatcher can assist you and provide instructions while also sending help to your location.
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song, like “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees or “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé,  which has 100 to 120 beats per minute.

By watching this one-minute video on hands-only CPR, you can be prepared to save a loved one!