By Tina Owens

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. Thousands of people die each year because bystanders don’t know how to provide CPR. And for those who took a CPR class years ago, it may be time to take a refresher course.

In 2020 guidelines issued by the American Heart Association in collaboration with several other major medical organizations recommended that the general public use “compression or hands only CPR” on an adult who suddenly collapses outside a hospital setting.

If you want to learn CPR or just update your previous training, check out these options in Howard County.

Howard County Fire and Rescue offers several FREE CCPR Classes

For Groups of 10 or More


1.       Hands-Only CPR for Adult Victims (45-minute class)

2.       CPR for Adults, Children, and Infants (60-minute class)

3.       AED Usage and Choking Relief (15-minute add-on)

Community Classes for Individuals – Adult CPR:


Community Classes for Individuals – for Adults, Children, and Infants


Virtual Training on CPR, Howard County Fire & Rescue has put together a series of helpful

YouTube Videos!

Visit and scroll to the bottom of the page.