2011 EMSIA Bystander CPR/AED Curriculum

Discontinuation of American Red Cross Courses

The Fire Department stopped offering classes through the American Red Cross in July 2011. You can find more information on the reasons for these changes in our August 2011 news article on the matter.

EMSIA Bystander CPR/AED Curriculum

The EMSIA Bystander CPR/AED was developed by the Emergency Medical Services Integration Authority of Santa Cruz County to streamline the delivery of this critical training to community members throughout the county. EMSIA is a joint powers authority representing all emergency medical services providers in the County of Santa Cruz. One of EMSIA's main focuses is on emergency medical training.

The Bystander curriculum builds on EMSIA's professional rescuer level training program which was rolled out to all county fire departments and emergency medical service providers in 2009. Training both bystanders and professional rescuers using complementary programs will help to ensure a consistent care environment and ensure that bystanders and professional rescuers can work together effectively.

This program is also part of a county-wide effort to make CPR and AED training more accessible to members of the public. The UCSC Fire Department was the first agency to adopt the Bystander program, with other local fire departments following.

The EMSIA curriculum is based on the American Heart Association's current 2010 Guidelines for CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) and incorporates the most recent medical research in this area. The program has been approved by the Santa Cruz County Department of Public Health (EMS Office) and complies with California regulations pertaining to CPR and AED training. Course participants receive a certification from EMSIA valid for two years at the end of the course.

Recognition of EMSIA Training Outside Santa Cruz County

The EMSIA bystander CPR/AED training program is based on the same national guidelines as the programs offered by other providers and incorporates the most current medical research. As a result, the EMSIA training program should satisfy most employers' training requirements for layperson CPR/AED training. EMSIA and the UCSC Fire Department recognize however that this program may be less familiar to some employers and licensing/certifying agencies than more recognizable programs like the American Red Cross. We recommend that anyone who is taking the course for non-UCSC employment purposes or for other professional licensing or certification requirements verify that the EMSIA program is acceptable to their employer or licensing/certifying agency prior to taking the class.

The EMSIA Bystander CPR/AED Curriculum - as well as the course handout and slideshow - are available via the links to the left for review if needed.

If you require an American Red Cross or American Heart Association certification, please use the links at the bottom of the page to find a local class.

New First Aid Curriculum

A complementary First Aid curriculum has also been developed by the UCSC Fire Department and EMSIA to go along with the CPR/AED curriculum. This new program is based on the F 2171-02 Standard Guide for Defining the Performance of First Aid Providers in Occupational Settings published by ASTM International, a international standards organization. This standard is utilized by many regulatory agencies and other training providers as the standard for first aid training.

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