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Frequently Asked Questions

Why the 1st Saturday in June and 3rd Sunday in October? 

Every 1st Saturday in June is our CPR and AED Education Day. This compliments CPR and AED Awareness Week. Our organization kicks off this week with our free education and AED Access Program. We support a smaller event each 3rd Sunday in October to celebrate "World Restart a Heart Day".
Due to the size, scope, and complexity of this endeavor we only support this program on the 1st Saturday in June and the 3rd Sunday in October annually. We focus on offering classes in many different languages in October.

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.

Why is formal certification not provided?

Our learner audience is the public and certification is not needed to save a life. 

Why are 35+ learners required for a class?

All of our instructors are volunteer and we begin recruiting instructors more than 30 days in advance of any training.  The intended goal is a 1:5 instructor to student ratio.  Thus, for any confirmed site, we begin by seeking 7 instructors to accommodate 35 learners.  If the site exceeds 35 learners (we love this!), then we make efforts to increase our instructor allotment.  Consequently, a bare minimum of 35 is critical for a successful event.

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 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.

Are trainings provided in languages other than English?

Yes! We have a curriculum in Spanish (and a board member dedicated to Spanish education/outreach). We have also taught in American Sign Language (ASL) among others. Please email us for more information.

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 is comfortable with public speaking.

How can I volunteer as an instructor?

Please use this link to learn more and register your interest as an instructor:

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 the same. 

Can you further define "underserved community" and what are the details on collaboration with that community?

Any community that aligns with our mission statement (see website homepage) is desirable. If you have any question as to whether your community qualifies, please contact us and we will assist you in determining your eligibility.

Does any community that brings together 35+ learners qualify for the AED Access Program and potentially a free AED?

While we aspire to someday be in a position to have unlimited access to grant-funded AEDs, currently we do not have unlimited funds. Thus, we have to judiciously use our grant-funding  to maximize engagement with communities that align with our mission statement. Learner communities that have adequate financial resources to obtain an AED without our assistance are always welcome to attend any of our free CPR and AED training classes, and by attending a training all learners have the option to purchase an AED.

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 the skills taught in this course, and also the attention span to not disrupt other learners. 

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.

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.

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