CPR Training & Information

A woman demonstrates hands only CPR

Every able person is encouraged to learn and practice the basics of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. Almost anyone can help save a life using the latest CPR techniques, with no formal classroom training or certification required.

Did You Know?
  • CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain until advanced care arrives.
  • Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately, can double the chance of survival.
  • Death from sudden cardiac arrest can be averted if CPR is provided within the first five minutes of an attack.

Hands Only CPR "Do It Yourself" Kits Available

Learn Hands Only CPR: It's a "LIFE" SkillHands Only CPR is so easy that almost anyone can do it! This new CPR method eliminates the need for mouth to mouth resuscitation – one of the reasons some people avoid learning or performing CPR.

To help increase the number of people trained in Hands Only CPR, the Vancouver Fire Department developed “Do It Yourself" training kits. Each kit contains an instructional video, two mannequins for practice and answers to frequently asked questions.

The kits can be borrowed from the Vancouver Fire Department by neighborhood associations, businesses, church groups and families wishing to learn this lifesaving skill.

To check out a Hands Only CPR Kit, call (360) 487-7220 or email Jay.Getsfrid@cityofvancouver.us.

CPR Training and Certification

Northwest Regional Training Center

First aid and CPR classes for emergency responders, healthcare workers and the general public are available through the Northwest Regional Training Center, a division of Clark County Fire District 5.

11606 NE 66 Circle, Suite 103
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 397-2100
Website: www.nwrtc.org

American Red Cross of Southwest Washington

The American Red Cross of Southwest Washington offers CPR, AED and first aid classes for professionals and the public.

American Red Cross of Southwest Washington Region
3114 E 4th Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 693-5821

American Heart Association

Check out the American Heart Association's online CPR class finder. Online courses also available.

Informational Videos

Additional Resources

Apps on I-tunes or the Android Market

The "Pocket First Aid and CPR" and "PulsePoint" smart phone apps are now available for the Apple iPhone and the Google Android.


AEDs are available in many public places

If an AED (automated external defibrillator) is available, have it brought to you. It will walk you through the process. Watch a video to see how simple it is to use.