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General Questions

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To meet the needs of our customers, we are now offering blended online CPR & First Aid Training. Students will complete the coursework for CPR & First Aid online and receive a temporary certification.  After completing the online course, students will need to complete a hands-on skills evaluation in order to meet Georgia and South Carolina regulations. We are offering these across Georgia and South Carolina.

Does First Response offer a COVID friendly CPR and First Aid training option?

To meet the needs of our customers, we are now offering blended online CPR & First Aid Training. Students will complete the coursework for CPR & First Aid online and receive a temporary certification.  After completing the online course, students will need to complete a hands-on skills evaluation in order to meet Georgia and South Carolina regulations. We are offering these across Georgia and South Carolina.

Does blended online CPR and First Aid Meet Bright From the Start guidelines?

Bright from the Start (BFTS) accepts BLENDED training, but they do NOT accept Online-only training.
Practicing CPR Skills on the manikins is critical to being able to perform them in an emergency.   That’s why BFTS requires hands-on practice and we include a hands-on skills check for our blended online courses.
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Click here for the BFTS guidance on CPR Training. Georgia Child Care – Blended Training

Does First Response have an online Fire Safety option?

Yes,  our online fire safety class is an instructor-led class via zoom. It meets all the same requirements as an in-person class but can be done from the comfort and safety of your home or office.

You can sign up for one yourself or sign up your entire staff. To sign up and see the available dates click here.

Who is First Response certified through?

Our instructors are certified through ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) which is a nationally accredited organization of CAPCE, a nationally approved PACE program provider, and an organizational member of CLEAR, ANSI, and ASTM International.

Our Fire Safety Courses are certified through the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office and South Carolina Endeavors guidelines.

Our courses are designed to meet the requirements for child care professionals as designated by Bright from the Start and SC Endeavors.   We also meet the requirements for elder care professionals in Georgia and South Carolina.

When do I get my (Or my team’s) Certification Card?

Online CPR & First Aid

A temporary card is emailed to you as soon as you complete the test. You will receive your permanent card at your skills check.

Fire Safety Certificates

These are issued online within a few hours of the class. You can print your certificate here.

CPR & First Aid for Child Care or Senior Care Professionals

Cards are issued at the class. ASHI accredited courses.  (e.g. CPR & AED) These nationally accredited cards are issued through ASHI. They will be emailed upon completion of the course and receipt of payment.  They are normally issued within 2-3 days of the class but may take longer if your facility has requested to be invoiced for the training.

I lost my card. What do I do?

No worries!

For Fire Safety, you can re-print your certificate here.  Just enter your last name followed by a comma, then a space, then your first name.     Double last names can be tricky.  So if your name is  John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, it might be under “Jingleheimer” or it might be under “Schmidt”.  If you can’t find it one way, try the other.

For CPR & First Aid, we will need to verify your attendance on the roster.   To do so, we need your name, the facility where you attended training, the approximate date of the training, and your email address.
Click here to provide the information needed.
If you don’t remember all the details, put what you do remember in the notes.    If you remember you had the funny, bald guy for an instructor, tell us that.   If you know you took it at a church in Macon on a Saturday in February, tell us that.   The more details we have, the more likely it is that we can find you.

How long does the class last?

CPR & First Aid usually takes about 3 hours.

Fire Safety usually takes about 3 hours.

Does BLS meet the training requirements for CNAs?

BLS is not recommended for CNAs.

Because BLS is designed for licensed health care professionals, it does NOT include First Aid.    CNAs are required to complete First Aid training, so BLS alone does not meet their requirements.

What Course Do I Need?

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Childcare Professionals and Foster Care

In-Person Classes

  • CPR and Pediatric First Aid
  • CPR and First Aid for the Community
  • Fire Safety for Child Care Professionals

Online Classes

We offer 2 types of online classes.  With either option, you will do the coursework online followed by an in-person skills check for CPR.    Being able to practice the CPR skills on a manikin is important for learning.  Hands-on practice is required by Bright from the Start and SC Endeavors for child care professionals, and DSS/DFCS for foster parents.

“Live Learning” is an instructor-led class via zoom.   Most classes have two instructors available to answer questions and assist with technical issues.   This is most like an in-person class since the instructors can adapt the material to the audience.   These are held at specific times.

“Self-Paced” can be done at any time, at your own speed.  You can start and stop as needed.  It’s just you and the computer.   This is a good option if the times for the Live Learning classes don’t work for your schedule.   For the best user experience, you’ll need a computer or tablet.  It’s difficult to do on a phone.

  • CPR and First Aid (Live Learning)
  • Fire Safety for Care Givers (Live Learning)
  • Blended ASHI CPR, AED and Pediatric First Aid (Self-Paced)
  • Mezcla de RCP, AED y primeros auxilios en español de ASHI (Self-Paced) 
Senior Care Professionals (Assisted Living, Personal Care, CNAs)

In-Person Classes

  • CPR and First Aid for Senior Care Partners
  • CPR and First Aid for the Community
  • CPR, AED & First Aid for Direct Support Professionals
  • Fire Safety for Senior Care Professionals

Online Classes

We offer 2 types of online classes.  With either option, you will do the coursework online followed by an in-person skills check for CPR.    Being able to practice the CPR skills on a manikin is important for learning.  Hands-on practice is required in Georgia and South Carolina for all senior care professionals.

“Live Learning” is an instructor-led class via zoom.   Most classes have two instructors available to answer questions and assist with technical issues.   This is most like an in-person class since the instructors can adapt the material to the audience.   These are held at specific times.

“Self-Paced” can be done at any time, at your own speed.  You can start and stop as needed.  It’s just you and the computer.   This is a good option if the times for the Live Learning classes don’t work for your schedule.   For the best user experience, you’ll need a computer or tablet.  It’s difficult to do on a phone.

  • CPR and First Aid (Live Learning)
  • Fire Safety for Care Givers (Live Learning)
  • Blended ASHI Adult CPR, AED and First Aid (Self-Paced)
  • Mezcla de RCP, AED y primeros auxilios en español de ASHI (Self-Paced) 
Direct Support Professionals (those who serve individuals With Special Needs.)

In Georgia, most groups that serve individuals with special needs are regulated by Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).
DBHDD requires nationally accredited training.

In-Person

CPR, AED and First Aid for Direct Support Professionals

Blended Online Training

“Self-Paced” can be done at any time, at your own speed.  You can start and stop as needed.  It’s just you and the computer.     For the best user experience, you’ll need a computer or tablet.  It’s difficult to do on a phone.  After completing the coursework online you will need to attend an in-person skills check for CPR.

  • Adult CPR, AED & First Aid (Self-Paced)
  • Pediatric CPR, AED & First Aid (Self-Paced)
Licensed Health Care Professionals (Dentists, Doctors, Nurses, etc.)

Basic Life Saving (BLS) meets the requirements for licensed health care professionals such as dental professionals, doctors, nurses, etc.

This class provides the basic knowledge to recognize a life-threatening emergency and provide life support when responding to an airway obstruction or cardiac arrest.  This program is commonly used by healthcare providers and professional responders when responding to cardiac arrest.

We offer both in-person classes at your facility for groups or blended online training for individuals.  For more information, click here

Fitness / Certified Personal Trainers

Personal Trainers are required to have nationally accredited training on CPR and AED.     While they may only work with adults, it’s highly encouraged to be trained on CPR for adults, children and infants because many gyms have child care facilities on-site.  Personal Trainers are not required to have first aid training, but it never hurts to be prepared!

In-Person

CPR and AED for Fitness Professionals

Blended Online Training

“Self-Paced” can be done at any time, at your own speed.  You can start and stop as needed.  It’s just you and the computer.     For the best user experience, you’ll need a computer or tablet.  It’s difficult to do on a phone.  After completing the coursework online you will need to attend an in-person skills check for CPR.

  • Adult CPR, AED & First Aid (Self-Paced)
  • Pediatric CPR, AED & First Aid (Self-Paced)
  • CPR & AED (Self-Paced)

About Our Classes

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At First Response, we believe people learn best when they are relaxed.  Our engaging instructors strive to make the class informative and relevant for each unique audience.    Practice makes perfect, so we have lots of manikins available to make sure everyone has adequate practice time to feel confident with the skills learned.

With over 20 years of experience, First Response knows how to tailor the training for your group.

CPR & First Aid

At First Response, we believe people learn best when they are relaxed.  Our engaging instructors strive to make the class informative and relevant for each unique audience.    Practice makes perfect, so we have lots of manikins available to make sure everyone has adequate practice time to feel confident with the skills learned.

With over 20 years of experience, First Response knows how to tailor the training for your group.

Fire Safety

In a fire, you only have minutes to escape.   Do you have a plan for your home and your facility?

Fire Safety Training is designed to help your staff prevent fires and to respond appropriately in an emergency.   You will learn about Fire Prevention, Fire Safety equipment, Evacuation plans and more.

Our instructors are certifed through the Georgia Fire Marshal and our training meets the requirements for child care and elder care facilities. 

With over 20 years of experience, First Response knows how to tailor the training for your group.

CPR, First Aid, and AED

This class is very similar to our CPR and First aid course but the main addition is the hands-on experience with the AED. Using an AED for someone in cardiac arrest in the first few minutes will triple the chance of recovery. So having hands-on experiences is vital.

This class is required if you have an AED on-site for any, “Expected Users” that may be most likely to need to use it. This class comes with an ASHI certification and ASHI e-textbook as well.

BLS

Basic Life Saving (BLS) is a more advanced course that is tailored for licensed health care professionals like Doctors, Registered Nurses, and  Dental Professionals.    The course includes adult, child, infant CPR and AED training.

Upon completion, students will earn a two year certification from American Safety & Health Institute.

Bloodborne Pathogens

In this course, students will learn about the common bloodborne pathogens, how to prevent exposure, and what to do in case of exposure.

OSHA requires annual bloodborne pathogens training for “employees with exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).”

In SC, annual BBP training is required for all child-care professionals