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The Mad River Valley Ambulance Service (MRVAS) is excited to offer MRV Chamber member businesses the Heartsaver CPR AED program.

This class covers:

  • Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • Explain the concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult
  • Describe how to perform CPR with help from others
  • Give effective breaths using mouth-to-mouth or a mask for all age groups
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on an adult
  • Perform high-quality CPR for a child*
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on a child*
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an infant*
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult or child
  • Demonstrate how to help a choking infant*

To register email  specifying which date you prefer. Registration deadline is October 11.

Classes will be offered:

  • Wednesday, October 18 1p-4p
  • Thursday, October 19, 1-4p
  • Wednesday, November 15, 1-4p
  • Thursday, November 16, 1-4p

Sessions will be held at MRVAS headquarters in Waitsfield.

On Sun, Aug 20, 2023 at 11:33 AM Robert Bower <> wrote:


Is this something you can take and coordinate from here?

Bob Bower, NR-AEMT, VT-I/C

Assistant Training Officer
Mad River Valley Ambulance Service
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From: Eric Friedman <>
Date: Mon, Jul 24, 2023 at 8:04 AM
Subject: Re: CPR Class for Lodges & Restaurant
To: Robert Bower <>


Thanks for getting back to me on this. I think the best bet would be to offer one session in each format. Can you refresh me on how many could be in each class?
I am thinking that doing one of each on teh October dates and then an additional one in November would be ideal. How does that sound from your perspective?
Agreed that the afternoon timeframes work best. Please note that I will also plant offer the  opportunity to the restaurant sector next, but want to make sure that we have enough slots available.
Understood about registration process, we can work those details out once we nail down the time and date details.
Thanks for spearheading this effort, I am pleased at the response we have received.
On Jul 22, 2023, at 12:49 PM, Robert Bower <> wrote:


Looks like we have enough instructor availability.
There are two ways to deliver the training.
  1. It can all be done in the classroom, both lecture and hands on, including a written test and a student handbook.  Will take 3-3.5 hours.  Cost is $30 each payable to MRVAS.
  2. The lecture portion can be done online, on their own time, at their own speed, and then they come to a class for hands-on practice and testing.  Will take 2-2.5 hours.  Cost is $16 payable to AHA for the online and $25 payable to MRVAS for each student.
The following suggested dates and time can be done either way, but a class needs to be all the same.  For example October 18 could be all classroom, while November 16 is a combination of online and in-person.  We cannot mix types on the same day.
How do the following dates and times work?
I only gave afternoon times as early evening did not seem like a popular choice, but we could if there is enough interest.
There is a minimum of 3 students and a maximum of 12 students at any one time.
  • Wednesday, October 18 1p-4p
  • Thursday, October 19, 1-4p
  • Wednesday, November 15, 1-4p
  • Thursday, November 16, 1-4p
If this looks reasonable,I will discuss with Linda who will manage sign ups.  The people interested would need to call the MRVAS office during the business day to sign up.
Let me know if you would like to talk this through more or if you would like to proceed.

Bob Bower, NR-AEMT, VT-I/C

Assistant Training Officer
Mad River Valley Ambulance Service
On Thu, Jul 20, 2023 at 10:02 AM <> wrote:
Greetings MRVAS CPR Instructors,

I have been asked by lodging and restaurant groups to investigate the idea of offering CPR instruction. I spoke to Bob Bower after our last driver training session about process and he asked me to find out more about what they are looking for.

After reviewing the feedback I received i have the following information;

  • They are more interested in the class with the certification included and are willing to pay the higher amount for it. They all seemed especially keen on ensuring that there was a chance to learn about choking and clearing obstructions. 
  • At this point it seems like there are between 15 and 20 folks interested in participating. 
  • In terms of timing they would prefer to do something midweek (not surprising) during the day. Some would be OK with doing early evening as well. In light of the numbers it might be worth splitting it up and offering both options. 
  • Regarding dates they would like to do scheduling it after the busy foliage season, so mid October to mid November timeframe.
Can you please advise me on how best to proceed with making this happen. The group is very appreciative of MRVAS’ willingness to provide this valuable training.

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