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When an adult goes into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), his or her survival depends on immediately getting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from someone nearby. Eighty eight percent of all cardiac arrests occur at home or at work, so the chances of your knowing the victim are very high.

According to the American Heart Association, nationwide less than 1/3 of those who suffer cardiac arrest at home, work, or in a public place receive CPR. As a result 300,000 people die each year in the U.S. Often, it’s because bystanders don’t know CPR!

Howard County is leading the way in Maryland with a survival rate of 40% for SCA victims whose arrests are witnessed, bystander CPR is performed, and HCDFRS personnel arrive and take over. Here is how you can help:

  • Get trained in CPR! Sign up with us to attend a Hands-Only CPR class and learn how to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest.
  • Spread the word! Tell your family, friends, and co-workers about our program.
  • Help save a life! When SCA happens, act fast! Call 911 and begin CPR until help arrives.
  • Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) offers Hands-Only CPR training at no cost to Howard County residents, organizations, and businesses. The following links provide additional information about our programs:

    Upcoming dates for CPR classes:


    November12th: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Gateway 

    December 2nd: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at PSTC 

    December 16th: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Gateway 

    January 7th: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at PSTC 

    January 19th: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Gateway 

    February 10th: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Gateway 

    February 23rd: 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at PSTC 

    Gateway = HCDFRS Headquarters, 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21046 

    PSTC = Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Dr, Marriottsville, MD 21104 




    For our Family & Friends CPR Classes, please email handsonlycpr@hcdfrs.org for a spot in the class. 

      You can also sign up online by clicking here.  


    For Howard County residents and members of the general public who require CPR certification as a condition of employment in the county- CPR Certification