Community CPR & First Aid

Because an Emergency Can Occur ANYTIME...

The American Heart Association's CPR and AED learning programs helps increase survival rates by training people just like you to respond quickly. The sad truth is most people don't survive a cardiac arrest.  Four to six minutes is the window of opportunity for someone to act before it's too late, but fewer than one-third of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from someone nearby.

Learn Lifesaving Skills

be the beat

Be the Beat
is a website for teachers and school administrators that provides free tools and resources to help start and sustain CPR and AED programs in schools. Through this website, teachers can download free tools and resources to teach kids the two simple steps to Hands-Only™ CPR.

Hands-Only CPR

Hands-Only CPR can be as effective as CPR with breaths. Watch the demo video and learn how to save a life in 60 seconds.

CPR in Schools Training Kit

The easy-to-use CPR in Schools Training Kit is designed just for schools. It contains everything needed to train 10 students at once in CPR. Repeat the process to train a class, a grade - or even an entire school!

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Community Products

If a family member, friend or infant in your care had a cardiac or first aid emergency in your presence, could you recognize the signs and respond quickly and appropriately? The American Heart Association has developed a variety of training kits and courses to teach you lifesaving skills.

View the training kits and courses

Community Programs

Less than one-third of sudden cardiac arrest victims are administered immediate CPR from bystanders. Through a variety of programs, the American Heart Association is equipping people and communities to act in emergencies and ultimately save lives.

View the AHA Community Programs


From product support guides to funding resources for community CPR programs to assessments of how effective such programs are locally, the American Heart Association provides tools that make communities stronger.

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