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Master life-saving CPR through blended learning

By Bridget Russell, Aquatics Supervisor

Becoming CPR certified is an empowering thing. 

Employers are impressed by CPR-trained candidates because it demonstrates their level of dedication and an ability to act quickly and efficiently. CPR certification also enhances self-confidence while providing the skills to save lives.

More than 325,000 sudden cardiac arrest cases are reported each year, making it the leading cause of death in adults. Proper CPR raises the survival rate by 40%, which means it’s often the difference between life and death. 

CPR classes are incredibly beneficial, but who has time for that? Your schedule is busy enough juggling work, the kid’s after-school activities, and every other curveball life throws your way.

That’s why online CPR classes have gained such popularity, especially blended learning programs.

The blended learning format is for ages 12+ and combines online learning and in-person skills with instruction like what you receive in traditional classes. But blended learning reduces the time needed for class and allows you to finish the online learning at your own pace. You can even finish ahead of the scheduled class. 

The online learning part takes 2-3 hours and must be completed before attending the in-class session. In class, you use a mannequin, practice real-life scenarios, and a certified instructor evaluates your skills. After completing both portions, you’re issued a two-year certificate from the American Red Cross. 

In-person classes at the Meyer Senior & Community Center are scheduled for 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, and 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.  

Registration ends the Friday before each class. Register online or by calling 979-764-3486. The cost is $75 per person.
For more information, contact me at or 979-764-3450.


About the Blogger

Bridget Russell has been with the City of College Station since 2012 and has served as the aquatics supervisor since 2017. She was a lifeguard at Texas A&M for almost three years after serving as an administrative clerk for the U.S. Marine Corps from 2005-11. Bridget earned bachelor’s (2011) and master’s (2012) degrees in sport management from A&M.


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Be ready to make a difference with fall CPR classes

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

Some people seem to think life-saving CPR is a job best left to paramedics, doctors, or others with years of medical training and experience. The truth is that we’d all benefit from knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques.

In an emergency medical situation, a quick response is critical. In many cases – especially with a sudden cardiac arrest – bystanders who know CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) can saves lives.

More than 300,000 cardiac arrests occur away from hospitals each year, and professional paramedics only treat 6 in 10 victims. Early intervention with CPR or defibrillation can increase survival rates as much as 60 percent.

Do you want to be a bystander who makes a difference?

This fall, the City of College Station Parks & Recreation Department will conduct CPR and AED certification classes to help you recognize emergency situations and equip you to handle a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies. If you pass the course, you’ll receive a digital certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED that’s valid for two years.

We’re also offering babysitter training and wilderness and remote first aid certification classes. The cost for the CPR/AED certification classes and the babysitter training is $75, and the wilderness/remote first aid classes are $150.

Registration for all classes is required at Here’s the schedule:

CPR, First Aid & AED Certification

>>Participants must be at least 10 years old

  • Two-Day Class: Tue., Sept. 4 – Tue., Sept. 11 (6-9 p.m.), Lick Creek Nature Center
  • , Oct. 27 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), Southwood Community Center
  • , Nov. 18 (noon-6 p.m.), Lick Creek Nature Center

Babysitter Training (Southwood Community Center)

>>Participants must be at least 10 years old

  • , Sept. 15 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Two-Day Class: Thu., Oct. 11 – Fri., Oct. 12 (4:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • Two-Day Class: Fri., Nov. 2 – Fri., Nov. 9 (5-9 p.m.)

Wilderness & Remote First Aid Notification (Lick Creek Nature Center)

>>Participants must be at least 14 years old

  • Two-Day Class: Sat., Sept. 8 – Sun., Sept. 9 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Two-Day Class: Sat., Oct. 13 – Sun., Oct. 20 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Here are four reasons to make time to learn these skills:

1. You can be part of an elite group of prepared citizens.

Although CPR and AED use improves outcomes and survival rates, fewer than 3 percent of the population receives training. That leaves 97 percent unprepared to respond quickly to cardiac arrest.

2. You might save the life of a loved one.

Since 88 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur at home, you’re more likely to save a loved one than anyone else. If a family member had a heart attack, wouldn’t you want to help?

3. You’ll have the confidence to take action.

Proper training gives you the confidence you need to be a lifesaver, not a helpless bystander.

4. Knowledge promotes a sense of safety and well-being.

A basic tenet of first aid training is prevention. It’s always better to be safe than to be sorry, and a working knowledge of first aid techniques not only promote a sense of safety and well-being, it also encourages people to be more alert.

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About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


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In just 10 minutes, you could learn to save a life

By Greg Rodgers, CSFD Battalion Chief

If someone you love – or a complete stranger – were to go into sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do?

Would you stand by helplessly waiting for help to arrive as precious seconds tick away?

Several years ago, an older man was walking in the local mall one morning when he suddenly dropped to the ground.  He was having a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating. With blood no longer flowing to the brain and other vital organs, SCA usually leads to death if not treated quickly.

Fortunately for him, someone nearby had been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), took quick action, and saved his life.

In my 34 years in the fire service, I’ve witnessed sudden cardiac arrest three times. Two had positive outcomes, thanks to the immediate application of CPR.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year and is a leading cause of death. According to the American Heart Association, survival rates can double or even triple if someone administers CPR until emergency medical services personnel arrive. Without CPR, about 90 percent of those who suffer SCA outside of a hospital don’t make it.

That’s made me a strong believer in proactive CPR training programs.

Learn Basic CPR on Thursday

If you’ve ever wanted to learn this life-saving technique but never seemed to find time, here’s your chance.

The College Station Fire Department will participate in the World CPR Challenge on Thursday from noon-6 p.m. at Fire Stations 2, 5 and 6. Perhaps the most extensive bystander CPR training event ever, the initiative is designed to teach compression-only CPR in 10 minutes to as many people as possible in a single afternoon. No registration is required.

Experienced College Station firefighters will conduct the short training sessions. Since compression is the most effective element of CPR, that’s the focus. No mouth-to-mouth techniques will be involved. Here’s the five-step process you’ll learn:

  1. Check for responsiveness.
  2. Call 911.
  3. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
  4. Send someone for an automated external defibrillator (AED).
  5. Keep it up until help arrives.

Knowing effective CPR techniques can have a direct effect on your friends, family, and everyone around you. CPR training may not guarantee a positive outcome, but it dramatically increases the odds.

For more information, contact me at 979-229-6625 or


About the Blogger

Greg Rodgers is in his 30th year with the College Station Fire Department, where is a battalion chief and serves as the department’s public information officer. A native of San Antonio, Greg earned a bachelor’s degree in emergency management administration from West Texas A&M in 2008.


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