CPR Resources for Schools

Although the risk of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest event occurring in a school is relatively low, the emotional costs associated with the sudden death of a child are enormous. Increasing the percentage of students, staff, and faculty trained in CPR increases the likelihood of someone promptly initiating time-critical CPR for a victim of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

While CPR is not a graduation requirement, as of July 1, 2017 South Dakota Codified Law requires districts to incorporate into district curriculum the skills necessary to perform hands-only CPR and awareness in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). The South Dakota Department of Education must also annually make school districts aware of available resources for use in providing this instruction. To view the Revised 2018 CPR Survey Report see the PDF download. For additional guidance, districts can also access the CPR Guidelines for School Districts.

Stakeholders from various state agencies and health/physical educators from school districts assisted in compiling the CPR resources and agency contacts for districts to access when implementing CPR training in classrooms or school district trainings.

First Aid, CPR and AED Certification Courses
Click for American Heart Association Courses
Click for Red Cross Courses

American Heart Association
AHA website: www.heart.org
SD AHA website: www.heart.org/southdakota
SD Contact: Chrissy Meyer, SD/ND Communications Director
Chrissy.meyer@heart.org, (605) 360-2542

Cindie DeWolf is the Senior Manager for Community CPR. She can be contacted at Cindie.DeWolf@heart.org.
CPR in Schools Training Kit
CPR in Schools: www.heart.org/cprinschools

The SD American Heart Association currently has a kit for school use at no cost to districts. Kits Include manikins, kneel mats, training DVDs, hand pumps for inflation, and a facilitator guide (for complete details see the PDF download).

If interested in reserving a CPR kit, contact Cindie DeWolf for availability and to check-out this resource for school/district trainings.

Districts or organizations interested in purchasing a school kit can visit the AHA webpage by clicking here.
Video Resource on the AHA website:
Two Steps to Staying Alive with Hands Only CPR

EMT/West River Resources
Contact: Brian Hambek, NREMT-P, CCEMTP, Executive Director
Spearfish Emergency Ambulance Service, 715 E Colorado Blvd, Spearfish, SD 57783
seas@rushmore.com, (605) 642-8810

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Resources
Contact: Eric Van Dusen, President, SD EMS Association
Center for Pre-hospital Care, Sanford Health, 1305 West 18th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039
president@sdemsa.org, (605) 328-6391
Thanks to a grant, the SD EMS Association has many AHA CPR in Schools kits located with EMTs and paramedics who serve as local training officers across the state of South Dakota. These agencies will come to your school to do hands-only CPR training free of charge or lend the kits to do the training. To find a local EMT or paramedic in your community or a town near you, click to locate your local EMS training officer.

Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue
Sioux Falls website: http://www.siouxfalls.org/fire

Primary contact/resource for CPR:
Jeremy Robertson, EMS Educator, Jrobertson@siouxfalls.org, (605) 367-8271

Additional contacts:
Brad Goodroad, Division Chief, CPR/EMS education programs, bgoodroad@siouxfalls.org, (605)367-8077
Amy Marsh, EMS educator, Amarsh@siouxfalls.org, (605) 367-8272
“I would encourage those viewing these resources to not hesitate to reach out directly, either through email or phone, to see what unique options might be available to assist with meeting CPR training needs.”
- Jeff Helm, Division Chief
Video Resources located on Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue:
Hands Only CPR

American Red Cross
Serving Western South Dakota/Dakotas Region: http://www.blackhillsredcross.org
Serving Eastern SD Red Cross/Dakotas Region: http://www.redcross.org/sd/sioux-falls
Western SD Red Cross: Richard Smith, Executive Director, 1221 N. Maple Ave, Rapid City, SD 57701
Richard.Smith2@redcross.org, (605) 342-4010
Eastern SD Red Cross: Executive Director, 808 West Ave N, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

American Red Cross: Emily Flom, SD Contact for Preparedness, Health and Safety Services,
emily.flom@redcross.org, (402) 343-7775
Video Resources located on American Red Cross Section:
Learn Hands Only CPR
Training Supplies Online
CPR for Students
Red Cross Mobile Apps

Anyone Can Save A Life
Website: http://www.anyonecansavealife.org/
An emergency action planning program in connection with the South Dakota High Schools Activities Association. The goal of the program is to provide districts with resources/training to assist with planning for life-threatening emergencies.
The Anyone Can Save A Life website states:
The goal is to save lives by immediately responding to life-threatening emergencies with a simple protocol that includes:
   • Calling 911 to alert the Emergency Medical System (EMS)
   • Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
   • Early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
   • Early transition to EMS
John Krogstrand, Assistant Executive Director, john.krogstrand@sdhsaa.com, (605) 224-9261