Preparing Students for the Real World with CPR Training

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CPR is an essential life-saving skill that everyone should know how to perform. Short for “cardiopulmonary resuscitation,” CPR is a process that uses chest compressions and sometimes mouth-to-mouth breaths to supply the brain with oxygen in the event of cardiac arrest. According to data compiled by the American Heart Association, the vast majority of heart attacks occur at home. The state of California has seen this data and decided to act upon it to ensure that far more homes have at least one person who knows how to perform CPR.

Last year, California passed the AB 1719 bill to help educate high school students on the basics of CPR. AB 1719 states that all California public school districts that require a High School health course in order to graduate must include instruction in compression-only CPR.

While it would be incredibly helpful for all California public school students to earn their full CPR and AED certification, this ideal scenario is not totally feasible today. Many school districts simply do not have the budget to get all public school students CPR-certified. However, schools and parents have come together to organize CPR field trips where parents chip in for group classes. This has proved to be an effective method to teach hands-only CPR, which the California Department of Education’s website calls “an easy-to-learn method of CPR that has been proven to be equally as effective as conventional CPR and less intimidating for bystanders to perform in an emergency.”


What California AB 1719 Requires of Schools

California AB 1719 states that:

“Under the requirements of AB 1719 (Chapter 556, Statutes of 2016), the compression-only CPR instruction must include both of the following:

  1. An instructional program based on national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for the performance of compression-only CPR; and
  2. Instruction that includes a hands-on practice to support the learning of compression-only CPR.

Additionally, the training may, but is not required to, include general information on the use and importance of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The physical presence of an AED in the classroom is not required.”


Why Surefire CPR Is Your Best Fit for Your Southern California School District

Whether your school has CPR in the budget or you are polling parents to put together a crowd-sourced CPR field trip, our team here at SureFire CPR is here to help. As Southern California’s leading CPR instructors, we offer highly effective and affordable classes in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and surrounding areas. Get information on enrollment below, and learn more about the many reasons why we’re an excellent choice for student CPR certification.


We Will Come to You

Sometimes, a field trip to get students CPR certified just is not in the cards. It can be difficult to pull students from class and get parents to sign off on permission slips. It can also be difficult to secure transportation and chaperones. If a field trip does not look like it’s going to happen for your students, our team here at SureFire CPR has your solution. We proudly offer on-site CPR training for small and large groups. That’s right: we will come to you! Our award-winning instructors will show up to your school with all of the know-how and necessary equipment (including practice dummies) needed to teach your students CPR. No field trip required.


We Are Adaptable to Your Groups Needs

California AB 1719 has very specific requirements that are different from most normal  CPR classes. For some CPR companies that could prove to be an issue, but it is no problem for our team here at Surefire CPR of Southern California. With decades of experience and a host of industry-leading resources at our disposal, we are one of the most adaptable CPR providers in all of California. Just let us know what you need, and we will adapt our curriculum accordingly. For instance: if your district is just trying to cover points 1 and 2 of the requirements of CA AB 1719, with a general info session explaining the importance of AED’s and how to use them, then we can devise a class to cover those topics within your timeframe. If you want your students to learn more than the subject matter required by CA AB 1719, we can also create a course for your school or district to do just that. Whatever you need, we can adapt to you!


We Offer Group Discounts

For years, our team here at Surefire has been coming to office buildings, work retreats, summer camp counselor orientations, teacher trainings, and countless other events and institutions to provide top-notch CPR training. From the very beginning, we have offered discounts to any group looking to learn CPR. We want as many people as possible to know this essential life-saving skill, which is why we do whatever we can to make that happen. Priced affordably, our group discounts allow schools and companies to learn CPR without breaking the bank. If you choose our team, you  will surely get a great group deal for the classes you need for your school or school district.


Our CPR Instructors Are the Finest in the Field

Teaching a CPR course is not so different from teaching a high school class. You want instructors who are dynamic, passionate, and knowledgeable. In the minds of high schoolers, CPR can often seem technical and boring. You need instructors who can convey its life-saving importance while making their course exciting and engaging. That way, students will truly learn and remember this essential life-saving skill. Here at SureFire CPR, our instructors fit the bill. Passionate and highly-knowledgeable, the instructors on our team have many years of experience working as EMS providers in hospitals, on ambulances, firehouses, and other organizations. Not only do our instructors have the skills necessary to teach CPR, but they also have real-world stories that will keep students on the edges of their seats, engaged and ready to learn more.


Book Your CPR Class With Our Team

Ready to book a CPR class with our award-winning team here at SureFire CPR? Contact us to find a time and place that work for you, and make your reservation today!

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About the author

I spent 15 years as a firefighter and paramedic...

And too often I would arrive on the scene of someone unconscious, surrounded by a circle of people feeling helpless. Sometimes those people would even have CPR training but lacked the confidence and experience to act.

That’s why I started SureFire CPR. Our classes are practical and engaging – teaching you the crucial skills you need to know what to do and feel empowered to take action.

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Zack Zarrilli, Founder

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