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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. 

 

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
December 5, 2019 Thursday  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Eastside Community Center
1721 E. 56th St.

December 21, 2019 Saturday  9:30 am - 12:30 pm

People's Community Center

1602 S. MLK Jr. Way

January 2, 2020  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.  
February 15  Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  Fire Station 16
7217 6th Ave.   
March 5  Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  

The Center at Norpoint

4818 Nassau Ave. NE 

March 21  Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  Eastside Community Center
1721 E. 56th St. 
April 2  Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  

People's Community Center

1602 S. MLK Jr. Way 

April 18  Saturday  9:30 am - 12:30 pm   Fire Station 16
7217 6th Ave.   
May 7  Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  

Fire Station 8

4911 S. Alaska St. 

May 16  Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Fircrest Community Center

555 Contra Costa Blvd 

June 4  Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Fire Station 8

4911 S. Alaska St.  

June 20  Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  

The Center at Norpoint

4818 Nassau Ave. NE  

July 2  Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  Eastside Community Center
1721 E. 56th St.  
July 18  Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm   

People's Community Center

1602 S. MLK Jr. Way 

August 6 Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  

The Center at Norpoint

4818 Nassau Ave. NE  

August 15  Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Fire Station 8

4911 S. Alaska St.   

 

CPR and AED training manual


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

 

PulsePoint Respond Mobile App

PulsePoint Respond is a mobile app that alerts CPR-trained residents to someone nearby having a sudden cardiac arrest. The goal is to have bystanders initiate CPR earlier, more often, and increase the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) prior to emergency responders arriving on the scene. 

 
If administered immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, CPR/AED use can double or triple a person's chance of survival. 

The free app is available for both iOS and Android devices in the App Store or Google Play. 

 

Station 8
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Station 8
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