The Delaware State Fire School offers CPR/AED and First Aid Training through our American Heart Association’s (AHA) Community Training Center. Courses are taught using the most current AHA curriculum and materials. AHA course completion cards are issued to every individual meeting all class requirements. Individuals receiving certification are required to renew their certification every two-years.
We offer the following AHA Courses at the Delaware State Fire School:
What level of training do I need to take?
BLS Provider CPR/AED is aimed at the Pre-hospital and In-Facility care providers, who would be performing these skills some advanced training and equipment. Some examples would be EMS providers, Nurses, Police Officers, and Lifeguards.
Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid courses are generally for the public and initial responders to help, who would be doing basic care until the arrival of Emergency Medical Services.
How much do classes cost?
Each class has a different cost depending on the type of training you are looking for. The cost for each class is per person and prices are available on the fire school website. Please contact us for any further questions about pricing.
Do I need to take a full course every two years to recertify?
Currently, all courses are the same length as the AHA changed their guidelines for 2015. About two years after each update, they sometimes add a shorter “renewal” course, but is not available at this time.
If I have another type of CPR certification other than AHA, will you accept it for a CPR/AED class?
As long as the CPR Certification can be verified as valid, it can still be accepted. But currently recertification courses are not available as the content and duration of all courses are the same as an initial certification courses, so it will not be a factor.
If my certification is expired, will it be accepted for recertification?
While being expired, recertification courses are currently the same content and duration as initial certification courses, so it will not be a factor. Only for courses being held by the Fire School requiring CPR/AED beforehand, will be need to be through a valid agency and not expired.
Do I need to come to a Delaware State Fire School campus to take a course?
No. Businesses and Organizations can schedule classes at your location if it can meet the needs for the training activities required for the course. You will need to have at least 6 people taking the course to be held. You must have enough area available to perform skills and the availability of audio visual equipment would help, but is not required.
We do not teach courses at private households. Contact us for more information if you would like to set up a course.
Is there an age limit on CPR/AED or First Aid training?
The AHA does not mandate a minimum age requirement for learning CPR. Heartsaver CPR/AED can be learned so long as a child can perform the skills required. Generally, the Fire School has required a student be 12 or older, but younger students may be allowed only if they are physically able to perform the skills. BLS Provider CPR AED is recommended by us for 16 and up, as it would be for those who would work in the prehospital or hospital settings.
What type of First Aid training would I need for babysitting or working at a daycare?
The AHA Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED is designed to meet the regulatory requirements for child care workers in all 50 states. We no longer carry this program, but have several training centers around us who do. Visit www.heart.org to find a training center for this and other AHA programs that we do not carry.
Can I do my CPR/AED training online?
Yes. But you will still need your skills verified by an AHA Instructor affiliated with a training center once you have completed the online program and printed the certificate of completion. The cost for the online portion of the course is separate from any practical skills testing fee of the Delaware State Fire School. Scheduling will be based solely on instructor availability. Visit www.onlineaha.org/ for more about this convenient option and what courses are available. Please contact us if you are unsure of which course to take online, and then to arrange skills evaluation once you have completed the online course.
Does the Fire School teach “Hands-Only CPR” or “Family & Friends CPR”?
We do not offer this type of instruction at this time. We do not have the resources available to add these types of classes or provide as an in-service for your organization. Many fire companies and Paramedic services across the State provide this type of training at public events and gatherings when requested. We currently do not schedule this type of CPR training or provide it at events.
What if I want to become an AHA CPR Instructor?
The Fire School only holds the Instructor course as needed. But other training centers around us do offer the course regularly. Visit www.heart.org to find a training center. We will post when the instructor course is made available. When an AHA Instructor course is held by the Fire School, an affiliation with an AHA Training Center is required before the class begins to be admitted. Acceptance into any DSFS AHA Instructor course DOES NOT indicate an offer of employment or affiliation with the Delaware State Fire School.