Volunteer CPR


Volunteer CPR

Knowing CPR can boost a city’s emergency response capacity. The Cities of Service Volunteer CPR Blueprint helps train volunteers to use a lifesaving CPR technique, supported by input from emergency responders.



For decades, medical professionals and emergency responders have been preparing Americans to respond to sudden cardiac emergencies with CPR. Unfortunately, only one-third of people who suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest receive bystander CPR. This is due, in large part, to the fact that the number of people who have actually received CPR training is relatively small.

Required Elements

A successful plan requires that the mayor’s office partner with qualified medical professionals or emergency responders (e.g. firefighters, nurses, EMTs) who will act as hands-only CPR instructors during organized training sessions. Volunteers trained at CPR training sessions are given American Heart Association-approved training kits. Volunteers pledge to train at least five others (friends, neighbors, coworkers, and/or family members).

Executing The Plan

In coordination with a local training partner, the mayor’s office develops a set of regularly scheduled community CPR training events and/or a process where groups of interested residents can schedule appointments for group CPR training sessions. The American Heart Association has a comprehensive website that allows cities to track volunteer numbers, pledge fulfillment, and number of individuals trained.

Measuring Impact

Collecting data on the impact of each Volunteer CPR project is critical. Required metrics include number of volunteers trained by qualified medical professionals or emergency responders and number of individuals trained on hands-only CPR by the volunteer trainers as confirmed by the pledge fulfillment reports.

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