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Be the Beat CPR Challenge

The American Heart Association is challenging every household to have someone who knows CPR. Join CSRE for a CPR class near you and learn how to save a life. It might just be the life of someone you love.


CSRE offers a host of classes to introduce or certify students in the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, AED use, and choking relief for adults. Similar topics for children and infants can be added-on to all classes or taught separately. Skills are taught in a small group environment allowing for plenty of hands-on CPR practice time.


Be the Beat Challenge

The American Heart Association is committed to creating the Next Generation of Heartsavers™ through the Be the Beat Hands-Only CPR program.

Community Safety & Response Educators is proud to support this challenge and be a sponsoring training site. The Be the Beat presentation demonstrates Hands-Only CPR and AED skills. CSRE also provides training manikins as part of the program for participants to get hands-on.

Be the Beat is an entry-level class designed for community members who just want to know more about CPR and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). There is no certification offered for this orientation class, which makes it an easy place for anyone to learn these life-saving skills.

How Common is Cardiac Arrest?

Every year, over 350,000 people die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in the United States, making it a leading cause of death in the country. That’s the equivalent of 1 death every 90 seconds. 

The location of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA) most often occurs in homes/residences (73.4%), followed by public settings (16.3%), and nursing homes (10.3%). Visit the AHA to learn more about these statistics.

Increasing Survival Rates

If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival from an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Understanding the importance of and how simple it is to use an AED (automated external defibrillator) can further increase the chance of survival.

Immediate responders provide the first three links in the adult chain of survival.

  1. The recognition of a life threatening emergency and activation of 911 response is the first link. Most bystanders are willing to engage this far. However, every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without chest compressions, their chances of survival drops by 7-10%.
  2. Providing hands-only chest compressions (CPR) for an adult or older teen can double or even triple the chance of survival.
  3. The third link is rapid defibrillation and the final key step a bystander can offer before EMS arrives on the scene.
Compression Rate

According to the American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song. The Spotify Playlist ‘Don’t Drop the Beat’ contains songs that are between 100 – 120 beats per minute, the same rate at which rescuers should perform compressions when administering CPR. The playlist is full of familiar songs such as “Stayin’ Alive,” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love,” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie,” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line,” by Johnny Cash. 

Get Trained Today

While classes are offered regularly in the CSRE Classroom, located on Parham Road between Broad Street and I-64, if you would like our instructors to bring this course to your group or organization, please complete the form below.

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Participants must be a minimum of 13-years old

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