First-Aid Classes

  • CPR Training.  Washington's Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that requires all high school students to have CPR training before they graduate.  (May 2013) 
  • Less than 3% of our population has received CPR training.  1,600 people suffer cardiac arrest every day, killing many Americans who could be saved.  600,000 people per year suffer sudden heart stoppages, and less than 6% of those victims survive.  About 400,000 of those people are outside of a hospital.   (Institute of Medicine, Washington Post, CBS This Morning, July 1, 2015)  

What You Can Do
  • If you are CPR trained, you can help save lives by receiving alerts about heart attacks in our area.  Knowing that early intervention can increase the victim’s survival to nearly 90%, the Spokane and Spokane Valley fire departments have launched the Pulse Point smart-phone app to alert those with CPR training about heart attacks reported nearby.  Download the free app to receive calls from dispatchers about a heart attack in a public place in a populated area within a quarter mile of you.  This distance can be increased for rural areas.  Once notified, the app will load a map with step-by-step directions to find the patient; and the map includes the location of nearby defibrillator devices.  The Pulse Point app also includes instructions on how to do hands-only CPR.  In addition, people can sign up to simply listen to dispatch radio traffic.  ("App enlists volunteers to answer cardiac calls,” The Spokesman-Review, February 14, 2014)  

Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Action Medical, Inc.

First-aid supply business, providing first-aid training classes for employees at workplaces
Classes cost about $50/person for up to 12 employees
(509) 226-2030