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CPR

What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions delivered to victims thought to be in cardiac arrest. When cardiac arrest occurs, the heart stops pumping blood. CPR can support a small amount of blood flow to the heart and brain to buy time until normal heart function is restored.

Cardiac arrest is often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). When VF develops the heart quivers and doesn't pump blood. The victim in VF cardiac arrest needs CPR and delivery of a shock to the heart, called defibrillation. Defibrillation eliminates the abnormal VF heart rhythm and allows the normal rhythm to resume. Defibrillation is not effective for all forms of cardiac arrest but it is effective to treat VF, the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest. 

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can make the difference between life and death during incidents such as cardiac arrest and drowning. It is recommended that every member of your home know CPR. 

 

Added in 2019, our classes now offer opioid overdose response training in addition to our CPR/AED curriculum.

CPR Class Schedule for 2019-2020

Our free CPR classes are taught by TFD firefighters and offered to citizens living within the city limits of Tacoma, Fife, and Fircrest.

 

Pre-registration is required by calling (253) 594-7979.

 

 Date Day Time Location
June 6 Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Eastside Community Center
1721 E. 56th St.
June 15 Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Eastside Community Center

1721 E. 56th St.

July 11 Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fire Station 8

4911 S. Alaska St.

July 20 Saturday  9:30 am - 12:30 pm Fire Station 8
4911 S. Alaska St.
August 1 Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Center at Norpoint

4818 Nassau Ave. NE

August 17 Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Center at Norpoint

4818 Nassau Ave. NE

October 12  Saturday 9 am and 11 am

Eastside Community Center

1721 E. 56th St.

October 13* Sunday  8 am, 10 am, noon, 12 pm

Henry Foss High School
2112 S. Tyler St.

November 16 Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fire Station 16
7217 6th Ave. 

December 5 Thursday  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Eastside Community Center
1721 E. 56th St.

December 21 Saturday  9:30 am - 12:30 pm

People's Community Center

1602 S. MLK Jr. Way

January 2  Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Fire Station 8

4911 S. Alaska St.

January 18 Saturday 9:30 am  - 12:30 pm 

Fire Station 8

4911 S. Alaska St.

February 6 Thursday  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm   Fire Station 16
7217 6th Ave.  

 

CPR and AED training manual


*CPR Sunday is held on the second Sunday of October every year. Visit our CPR Sunday page for additional information regarding our annual large-scale training event.

Station 8
4911 South Alaska
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Station 8
4911 South Alaska
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5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM