Family & Friends CPR

Friends & Family CPR

Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services is dedicated to do all we can to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. The Friends and Family CPR Program is part of our growing Community Outreach effort to teach members of our communities what to do when faced with a serious emergency. Being able and willing to immediately begin CPR when you are with someone who suffers a cardiac arrest can save their life. In fact, early CPR is a key factor in determining survival and quality of life after cardiac arrest. MEMS is offering “Friends and Family CPR” classes in an effort to improve survival chances of those we serve. This training is American Heart Association approved and sponsored. It offers education in the techniques of CPR that can be taught in a 2-hour class using mannequins. This class also includes how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This is not a certification class.  This class is low stress and is offered to anyone interested.  No medical experience is necessary.

Name of Class: AHA Friends and Family CPR

Who should take it: Parents, teachers, students, caretakers and anyone willing to help a neighbor

Location: At your church, school, business, facility, or at MEMS’ Training Center

Time: To be arranged with a phone call or visit. Class time is about two hours

Class size: Up to 30 people at a time, but can accommodate fewer

Cost: No charge for the public. Books and materials are supplied free of charge also

Contact Information: Call MEMS at 501.301.1400

The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.

Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life.


  • Applies AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which improves learning and retention
  • Classroom format works well for learners who prefer group interaction and feedback while learning skills
  • Each student receives high-quality course materials for ongoing reference

Friends & Family CPR - In the News

CPR Takes Just Minutes to Learn, but Could Save a Life:  Compression-only CPR is changing the way we train to save lives.  It's a skill that can help to save a loved one, a friend, or just a passerby.

MEMS Offering Free Friends and Family CPR Training: A Little Rock man who had a heart attack on the Big Dam Bridge earlier this year get to meet the man from MEMS who saved his life.