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Community Education

Friends & Family CPR

Sunstar Paramedics offers this class to the general public periodically at Sunstar Headquarters. Classes held here typically last 90 minutes and are offered free of charge to the community.
This class does NOT offer professional CPR certification, although there is a course completion card included with the book. This course is great for those who do not require training for their job but would like to know what to do in an emergency. If you would like us to hold a class at your local church, business or other group, please contact our Training Center Coordinator at to set up a date. There is a minimal fee for off-site classes.

Hands-Only CPR

Sunstar provides training to the community through the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Hands-Only CPR program.

Why learn Hands-Only CPR?

  • When a person is in cardiac arrest, their survival depends on someone near-by calling a 911 and beginning CPR.
  • According to the AHA, approximately 90% of people who suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die.
  • Performing CPR, especially in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
  • 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occurs at home.
  • Calling 911 AND performing Hands-Only CPR is the best thing YOU can do to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival!

    How do I perform Hands-Only CPR?

    • Hands-Only CPR can be performed in two easy steps: If you see a teenager or adult suddenly collapse, (1) CALL 911; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive”
    • You should push on the chest at a rate of 100- 120 beats per minute. “Stayin’ Alive” is a perfect match for this!
    • The AHA still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.


    Our employees are in the community teaching Hands-Only CPR at community events throughout Tampa Bay. If you see us, stop by, say hello, and learn how to save a life!