CPR, First Aid & AED
West Thurston First Aid and CPR Class Information
Here at West Thurston Regional Fire Authority we want our community to have the ability to schedule a class around their schedule. We provide first aid, CPR, and AED classes that can be tailored to your particular needs.
Our courses are offered to educate different age groups and can be modified to the needs of specific groups and individuals.
These classes are specially designed to give you the confidence to take action in non-emergency and emergency situations and the skills that can save a life.
Our classes are held the 1st Saturday of every month with the exceptions of holidays and holiday weekends. The October 2016 class will be held on the 2nd Saturday (October 8).
Classes are $50 per student and are generally held at our Littlerock station (10828 Littlerock Rd SW) starting at 9:00 AM. We ask attendees to wear non revealing clothing, bring water, and a sack lunch.
If you are unable to attend on the 1st Saturday of the month and are in need of a class no matter the date, please contact our office at 360-352-1614 to schedule a one on one or a private class for an additional cost.
Our instructors can be scheduled to arrive at your place of business at a time that is convenient for you and your staff. If the class cannot be held at your place of business we can schedule a classroom at the fire department.
Our instructors model excellence and are confident in their ability to make sure everyone walks away from our classes with proficiency and knowledge to help in any situation.
If you have additional questions, please contact our First Aid and CPR Coordinator at 360-352-1614, or you can mail in a REGISTRATION FORM and get started today!
About 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.
- Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival.
- CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.
- Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
- Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
- Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time.
- If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.
- Coronary heart disease accounts for about 446,000 of the over 864,000 adults who die each year as a result of cardiovascular disease.
- There are 294,851 emergency medical services-treated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually in the United States.
- There are about 138,000 coronary heart disease deaths within one hour of symptom onset each year in the United States.
- Sudden cardiac arrest is most often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). Cardiac arrest can also occur after the onset of a heart attack or as a result of electrocution or near-drowning.
- When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the victim collapses, becomes unresponsive to gentle shaking, stops normal breathing and after two rescue breaths, still isn’t breathing normally, coughing or moving.