CPR, AED and First Aid Classes for Campus Units and Groups

IMPORTANT NOTE: At this time, the Bystander CPR/AED/First Aid program is undergoing review due to recent staffing changes in the Fire Department. Group training has been discontinued. We do not have any public classes scheduled at this time and do not know when classes will be scheduled (March 11, 2014)

The UCSC Fire Department offers on-request CPR/AED/First Aid training for campus units and other campus groups within the following guidelines. Please be sure to read this information thoroughly.

Scheduling Deadline

To accomodate the operational needs of the Fire Department, classes must be scheduled by the 14th of the month prior to the desired class date. This deadline is necessary for the Fire Department to ensure instructor coverage for the class in conjunction with other department activities. We are unable to make any exceptions to this policy, so please plan your training needs accordingly. Even with this advance notice, we may not be able to accomodate requests for certain dates due to campus events or other scheduling conflicts.

Class Size

The minimum class size for on-request classes is 10 participants and the maximum class size is generally 20 participants. Requests for class sizes of greater than 20 students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

20 participants or less is the preferred class size for two reasons. First, the Fire Department maintains 20 CPR manikins to ensure that each participant has his or her own manikin to use during the class. Class sizes of greater than 20 participants require participants to share this equipment, which results in longer class times. Second, classes of up to 20 participants can be effectively taught by a single instructor. Class sizes of greater than 20 participants may require a second instructor, which creates more of an impact on Fire Department operations.

If you have fewer than 10 individuals who require training, or if individuals miss a scheduled class, we recommend that you check our Schedule of Public Classes.

Class Curriculum

Under the new EMSIA Curriculum, many of the previous options for different course components have been eliminated. The new curriculum is 3 hours in length and covers CPR for all three age groups (adult, child and infant) as well as use of automated external defibrillators (AEDS), managing airway obstructions and basic first aid. There are currently no other course options being offered.

While in the past some individuals could choose to attend only the CPR portion of the class and skip the First Aid portion (due to varying certification lengths and student needs), due to the shorter curriculum and integrated nature of the class we now require all participants to attend the entire class in order to receive certification.

Class Times

The length of the class is 3 hours. In general, the earliest start time available is 9 AM and the latest start time is 2 PM; however special arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis. Weekday classes are preferred, but weekend classes can also be scheduled if needed.

Class Fees & Billing

The fee for on-request classes is $15 per person (the same as for our public classes) with a minimum of 10 students. For recharge billing, the Fire Department will generate a recharge form and send it to the requesting unit after the class once the final number of participants is known. Please do not send a recharge form to us prior to the class. When multiple classes are scheduled by the same unit, a single recharge form will typically be sent for all classes after the final class unless other arrangements are requested.

If individual participants will be paying themselves (rather than by recharge), payment is due one week prior to the class. Cash payments should be brought to the Fire Station. Checks should be made payable to "UC Regents" and may either be brought to the Fire Station or mailed as follows:

UCSC Fire Department
1156 High St.
Fire Station
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Off-Campus Units and Groups

The Fire Department can conduct training for affiliated units and groups located off of the main campus per these same guidelines, however such classes may need to be scheduled further in advance and with less scheduling flexibility due to the fact that only one instructor is available to conduct off-campus classes.

Non-Campus Groups

Unfortunately, the Fire Department is not able to provide training to groups that do not have a campus affiliation. However, the UCSC Fire Department may be able to accomodate individuals in our regularly scheduled classes. Please view our Schedule of Public Classes to sign-up.

Scheduling Procedure

  1. Send an e-mail to cpr@ucsc.edu or call 459-2342 no later than the 14th of the month prior to the desired class date(s). Provide the following information:
    • Preferred class date.
    • Preferred class start time.
    • Estimated number of participants.
    • How billing will be handled (unit recharge for all participants or self-pay).
    • Whether you will arrange a location for the class or whether you wish us to (we typically use the Crown/Merrill Apartments Community Room).
  2. The Fire Department will confirm whether the requested date is available or offer alternative dates. The date must be confirmed by the scheduling deadline.
  3. Provide a final roster of participants at least one week prior to the scheduled class. If there are less than 10 confirmed participants at this time, the class will be cancelled. We need an actual roster of names and not just a count so that we can print certification cards to be distributed at the end of the class.

Class Cancellations

The Fire Department will cancel any on request classes with fewer than 10 confirmed participants one week prior to the class. The Fire Department also reserves the right to cancel classes for other operational and emergency reasons if necessary, but makes every attempt to avoid cancellations. In the event that we are forced to cancel a class for reasons other than the minimum class size, we will contact the unit/group as soon as possible to reschedule the class for a new date as close to the original date as possible and will waive the normal registration deadline.

Any cancellations by the requesting unit/group must be received by the Fire Department at least one week prior to the class. After this time, the requesting unit/group will still be charged for the minimum class cost of $150. In the event that the requesting unit cancels the class, the scheduling deadline will need to be adhered to for scheduling a new class date.