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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase an AED?

  • Yes, every class attendee, volunteer instructor, or host site is eligible to purchase a discounted AED (roughly 35% off retail) from our partner Rescue One.

Why can’t children under the age of 13 attend the class?

  • We have found that children aged 13 and older possess the maturity to comprehend and perform the skills taught in this course, and also the attention span to not disrupt other learners.

Why is it important for learners to sign up online?

  • Signing up online allows us to plan for the correct number of instructors, manikins and supplies for you to have an outstanding learning experience.

How can I volunteer as an instructor?

What does my monetary donation support?

  • Although the ability to save a life is priceless, the retail cost of each donated AED is around $1,000. We also purchase AED manikins and trainers to staff each site with the equipment needed to educate our learners. Although our instructors are volunteers, there is still considerable expense in planning for and supporting each training.

How often should I repeat the class?

How does this training differ from what is offered by the American Heart Association?

  • Our training is for the PUBLIC, thus we never charge or “certify” learners. We provide the skills  needed to perform bystander CPR and utilize an AED in about 1 hour, with no formal testing, in a low stress environment making this an accessible skill for all.

What makes for an ideal host site?

  • An ideal host site will have a designated “champion” to work with our foundation to sign up  learners and promote the event. The site should be able to accommodate at least 35 learners and have the capability to project a PowerPoint presentation for the audience.

Why June 1st and is another date possible to get a donated AED?

  • Every first Saturday in June is our CPR and AED Education Day across the United States. This compliments CPR and AED Awareness Week. Our organization kicks off this week with our free education and AED Access Program. Due to the size, scope, and complexity of this endeavor we only support this program on the first Saturday in June and the third Sunday in October annually. We focus on offering classes in many different languages in October.

What are the requirements for instructors?

  • Anyone who has taken a CPR class previously may serve as a hands-on instructor. We have extensive online training to bring instructors up to speed to ensure that all of our training is standardized. The ‘lead’ instructor will deliver the PowerPoint presentation (provided by C&S) and will preferably have a healthcare background, or a strong instructional background and comfort with public speaking.

Do we provide training in languages other than English?

  • Yes. We have a curriculum in Spanish (and a board member dedicated to Spanish language education and outreach) and have taught in American Sign Language among other languages. Email us for more information:

What is a ‘refreshed’ automated external defibrillator (AED)?

  • AEDs retail for around $1,500. Refreshed AEDs have previously been in the community and are available through our partner Rescue One for resale. The refreshed AEDs have not been altered in any way. As we are a non-profit we strive to ensure that we stretch the maximum amount out of each dollar, as this helps us place AEDs in more communities. The AEDs are under the manufacturer’s warranty and function just 
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