Lifesaving Classes

CPR in ProgressOverland Park Fire Department staff members teach lifesaving classes through classroom and hands-on instruction. These classes are held monthly at the Fire Training Center and are open to the public.

Hands-only CPR and AED Training

This non-certification class is free and open to the public. Students will learn steps to become a lifesaver, not just a bystander, in an emergency by using hands-only CPR and an available automatic external defibrillator (AED.)

Classes are offered on the second Tuesday of the month at 10 am or 6 pm and are held at the Overland Park Fire Department Training Center. Large groups or businesses classes can be taught at your location by appointment.

To register, contact Tricia Roberts at 913-895-8403.

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and AED Training

Learn to save adult, infant and child victims of cardiac or respiratory arrest. Students will learn:

  • One-person techniques in cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
  • How to use an AED;
  • Rescue breathing;
  • How to treat a choking victim;
  • Heart attack and stroke prevention.

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and AED Training classes are held at the Fire Training Center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is a minimum of four and maximum of nine students. Classes that do not meet the minimum size will be cancelled at least two days prior to class. Students must be at least 15 years old.

The cost is $35 and includes an American Heart Association textbook. Certification is for a two-year period. Sign up online or call 913-895-6390. For answers to questions about the class, contact Mike Morgan at 913-895-8402.

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers

Learn the required one- and two-person techniques for resuscitating adult, pediatric and infant victims of cardiac and respiratory arrest. The class is open to health professionals only, who will learn:

  • How to use of a bag valve mask;
  • How to use an automated external defibrillator (AED);
  • Techniques for treatment of a choking victim.

BLS classes are generally held at the Fire Training Center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Saturday of every month. 

Class size is a minimum of four and maximum of nine students. Classes that do not meet the minimum size will be cancelled at least two days prior to class.

The class fee is $40 and includes an American Heart Association textbook. 

Registration is required. Sign up online or by calling 913-895-6390. For answers to questions about the class, contact Jay Hall at 913-895-8402.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

The Fire Department hosts initial and refresher courses for medical providers such as paramedics, physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other professionals who may respond to cardiac emergencies. The class is open to health professionals only, who will learn:

  • Medical interventions for victims of respiratory emergencies, heart attack and stroke
  • Intubation
  • Electrical therapy
  • Administration of drugs

Students must have a current Basic Life Support (BLS) card to enroll. To complete the class, students must fully participate, competently perform all core ACLS skills and cases, and score at least 84 percent on a written examination.

ACLS classes are held at the Fire Training Center. The initial course is two days, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The refresher course is one day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Class sizes vary and must meet minimum and maximum enrollment. Class fees are $240 for the initial course and $170 for the refresher course.

Registration is required. Sign up online or by calling 913-895-6390.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid and CPR

This course is intended for child care workers who have a duty to respond to first aid emergencies. Students will learn:

  • Pediatric first aid basics;
  • How to treat minor injuries and illnesses;
  • CPR and AED for adults, children and infants;
  • How to treat a choking victim.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid and CPR classes are held at the Fire Training Center from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. the second Saturday of February, April, June, August, October and December.

Class size is a minimum of four and a maximum of nine students. Classes that do not meet the minimum size will be cancelled at least two days prior to class. Students must be at least 15 years old and minors must have an adult present.

The course fee is $70 and includes a student workbook. Certification is for a two-year period.

Registration is required. Sign up online or by calling 913-895-6390. For answers to questions about the class, contact Jay Hall at 913-895-8402.

Online Classes/Skills Sessions

The Overland Park Fire Department now offers skills sessions, by appointment only, for American Heart Association blended learning courses. Blended classes incorporate self-directed learning online and hands-on skills sessions completed in-person.

Blended learning is available for a variety of courses including Heartsaver CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid, Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

To find an online class please visit the American Heart Association website.

Once a participant has completed the online portion, they should contact Jay Hall at 913-895-8402 to schedule a skills session. Skills sessions last approximately one hour and are offered during business hours. Cost of the skills session is $25 for BLS and Heartsaver CPR, $40 for Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid, and $50 for ACLS, payable by check only.