Note: This article was orginally posted at The Islander News website on August 1. 2018):
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Question: How do I register for a CPR class on the Key?
Answered by Jennifer Miller, Key Biscayne Fire-Rescue Community Outreach Liaison
The Key Biscayne Fire-Rescue Department is all about saving lives and keeping residents safe, and that extends to training members of the public to effectively lend a hand.
If you want to become a lifesaver, Community Outreach Liaison Jennifer Miller says, just visit the department’s new online CPR registration portal.
There are several American Safety & Health Institute CPR-AED training courses available this month: Saturday, August 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tuesday, August 28 from 5-9 p.m. in English, and Wednesday, August 20 from 5-9 p.m. in Spanish.
“It’s a great class and a super helpful skill to have, and we’re happy to offer it,” Miller said. “We wanted to streamline the registration process and put it online to make it easier for everyone.”
All residents need to do is go to www.keybiscayne.fl.gov, click on the “Departments & Services” drop-down menu and select the Fire-Rescue section. There they can fill out a form and select their class date, and then submit it online. “It’s a dynamic form, so as soon as a class fills, we can put in that it’s full,” Miller said.
Eventually, participants will be able to pay online as well – although that’s not something Key residents need to worry about, as the classes are free to islanders. Non-residents pay $25.
For those who don’t want to register online, sign up by printing out the form and faxing it to 305-365-8933 or mailing it to the fire station at Key Biscayne Fire-Rescue Department, Attention: Fire Administration-CPR, 560 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.
For non-residents, payments can be sent to that address; for residents, proof of residency (utility bill, lease, etc.) can be emailed to Miller at email@example.com with the sender’s name, phone number and date of class they wish to attend.
Anyone with questions can email Miller or call her at 305-365-8955.
Registrations must be completed a week before the class and there are no same-day registrations. Early registration is encouraged as classes are capped at 10 participants and tend to fill quickly.
All classes are held at the fire station and are for ages 12 or over. Miller recommended bringing snacks and a sweater and wearing comfortable clothing: “You’re going to be getting down on the floor and working on doing CPR on a mannequin,” she said.
Participants receive a two-year certification.