According to statistics of the U.S.Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 220,000 people go into sudden cardiac arrest every year in the the United States, about 10,000 of them at work.
By the time EMS gets to the scene, the victim's chance of survival will have dropped to about 5-7%. But studies show that immediate defibrillation can result in a 60% 1-year survival rate.
The New York City Fire Department offers free on-site cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training through the FDNY Mobile Training Unit, which is designed and equipped to travel throughout the city offering free CPR classes, day or evening, where groups or organizations meet.
Staffed by FDNY EMTs certified as AHA CPR instructors, the Mobile Training Unit provides participants with life-saving skills in a half-hour course where they learn compression-only CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator.
Skill-based and designed for the general public, the course is available in both English and Spanish and includes a take-home training DVD.
Scheduling is based on availability at the time of the request. Events can be scheduled between 9 AM and 7 PM Monday through Friday and some Saturdays.
You can schedule a training event at your site by calling 718-281-3888.