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CPR Courses

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GVFRS offers American Heart Association CPR classes for the general public as a community service (Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED).  We also offer BLS for Healthcare Providers for EMTs, Nurses, and other medical professionals.  A small fee may be charged to cover costs of materials and cards.  Everyone is welcome to attend either course. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at Station 1 (6595 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061).

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Upcoming CPR Classes

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, we have had to curtail many of our public classes. Please check back here often for any classes that may come available.

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The BLS Course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED.

In the Instructor-led course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.


  • Reflects science and education from the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC 
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency 
  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity 
  • Video-based course with real world scenarios

For information on the BLS for Healthcare Providers course visit the American Heart Association website by clicking this link <click here>.


Heartsaver  First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.  This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use.

Course Content
  • Key changes reflecting the new science from the   2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care 
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR and AED use
  • Environmental emergencies
  • First aid basics
  • Injury emergencies
  • Medical emergencies