When a person goes into Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), their survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. 88% of all cardiac arrests occur at home or work. Unfortunately, according to the American Heart Association, less than 1/3 of those who suffer cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in a public place receive CPR. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people die each year in the United States. Often, it’s because bystanders don’t know CPR!

Training Classes

The Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services offers the following free, non-certification classes for groups of 10 or more:

  • Hands-Only CPR for Adult Victims (1-hour class)
  • CPR for Adults, Children, and Infants; AED Usage, and Choking Relief (2-hour class)

If you have a group of 10+ who'd like to learn either of these classes, send us an email at [email protected]. We can host classes in a county building or at a location of your choosing within Howard County.

The department's classes are not appropriate for those seeking a CPR certification card. If you are seeking a certification class, the The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association offer CPR certification classes for the public.

Learn Virtually

Hands-Only CPR for Adult Victims

The following 52-minute video is a virtual presentation of HCDFRS’ class for hands-only CPR for adult victims. 

CPR for Children and Infants

The following 22-minute video is a virtual presentation of HCDFRS’ CPR class, with specific content for children and infants. For the full class content, start by watching our Hands-Only CPR for Adult Victims class and Choking Relief class, which are both available virtually on this page.


Choking Relief for Adults, Children and Infants

The following 24-minute video is a virtual presentation of HCDFRS’ class for choking relief for adults, children and infants.

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