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Welcome to the Charles County Volunteer Rescue Squad CPR and First Aid certification program!

Thank you for your interest in gaining your CPR for Professionals and/or First Aid certifications through the Charles County Volunteer Rescue Squad!

Information regarding the courses is below.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE STATION FOR INFORMATION ON CPR CLASSES.  Pre-registration for these courses is not required. 

If you need more information or have questions, please email

Schedule and Location:

Classes are held every second Saturday of the month. The schedule is below.  Classes are located at the Charles County Rescue Squad Station at 2 Calvert Street, La Plata, MD 20646. The building is located behind the old La Plata firehouse (new Board of Elections) off of Charles Street at the blinking emergency traffic light.

***We follow the Charles County Public Schools activities schedule. If school or activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, CPR class will be cancelled as well.***

2019 Calendar Year Dates:

Saturday, January 12
Saturday, February 9
Saturday, March 9
Saturday, March 16*
Saturday, April 13
Saturday, May 11
Saturday, June 8
Saturday, June 29*
Saturday, July 13
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, September 14
Saturday, October 12
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, December 14*

*Community CPR/First Aid only. This course is appropriate for participants age 13 and older. This course is NOT appropriate for participants needing BLS certification or CPR for the Healthcare Provider. This course is the National Safety Council CPR and First Aid Program.

Preregistration for courses is not required. 

The BLS Course will begin promptly at 8:30am and will run until approximately 12:00pm.  Students taking both the BLS Course and the First Aid Course will be given a short break before the First Aid course begins.

Students taking only the First Aid Course should arrive at 12:00pm to register.  This class will run until approximately 3:30pm. 


The cost is $25 per course ($50 for both BLS and First Aid).  Cash or check is accepted.  Unfortunately, credit card payments are not accepted.  There is an ATM within walking distance of CCVRS if needed. 

There is no charge for volunteers who have valid identification demonstrating affiliation with a Charles County Fire/Rescue Department.  


Courses/Certifications Offered:

The courses offered are the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Basic Life Support (BLS) Course and ASHI Basic First Aid Course.


In the ASHI BLS course, students learn how to recognize a life-threatening emergency, how to provide basic life support and what to do in case of an airway obstruction or choking.  The ASHI Basic Life Support, BLS for Healthcare Providers and Professional Rescuers is in compliance with the International Liaison Committee (ILCOR) 2015 Consensus on Science with Treatment Recommendations.  This class covers adult, child, and infant CPR, choking, AED, and use of a bag valve mask. Upon completion of the class, a two year card is issued.  Participants should check with their organization/employer prior to attending the course to ensure that this course meets individual requirements. 


ASHI Basic First Aid Course

The ASHI Basic First Aid Course helps students develop basic first aid knowledge, skills and the confidence to respond. The program is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting.  This course is intended for individuals who are not healthcare providers or professional rescuers but desire, or are required, to be certified in basic emergency medical care.  Upon completion of the course, a two-year card is issued. 

Participants who need certification for Child Care must also take the First Aid course. First Aid and and BLS/CPR must be taken together in order to meet child care regulations.

Student Requirements:

  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older*
  • Participants in the BLS course must complete the course plus successfully pass a written assessment
  • Participants in both courses must be present for the course in its entirety to receive certification. 
  • Certification is at the discretion of the instructors.

*Participants younger than 16 years of age should e-mail for information regarding courses for youth participants. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Station for class!

The CCVRS ASHI Instructors,

Bobby Simpson, Station Vice President
Doria Fleisher
Allison Smith
Jay Weyrich

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