CPR, BBP, and First Aid for Foster Parents (Keep the Beat)
This five-hour classroom CPR and First Aid course teaches solutions to a range of problems that can arise from minor everyday instances to major medical emergencies such as allergic reactions, heart attacks, and strokes. Classroom instruction includes discussion on CPR, AED usage, bloodborne pathogens, and first aid. In addition, the course will provide a hands-on skill assessment. CPR and First Aid for Caregivers follows the latest American Heart Association guidelines. Certification is valid for two years.
To be eligible for the course you must be a licensed foster home, completing your foster care license, or caring for a Washington State dependent child.
Tamara Fairley has been an instructor of Basic Life Support since 1991. She has taught for King County Emergency Medical Services through 1996. She established Keep the Beat in 1995. Tamara has worked in medical research since 1988 dealing with such topics as first responder early defibrillation, cardiac survival, physical rehab, and adult day health care. She has worked with many respected physicians and staff, including world-renowned Dr. Eisenberg and Dr. Cummins during her time with King County EMS. Tamara credits these doctors with giving her the knowledge and passion for teaching that has committed her to excellence and superior training. Ever since the first class Tamara taught, she felt the need to continue and to strive to teach every citizen she met this life-saving skill called CPR.
American Heart Association
In-person skills sessions for CPR are currently prioritized for those who are seeking their first license to be a foster parent for youth in the care of Washington state and those who have current foster home licenses expiring in July or August 2022. If you do not meet these priority metrics, you may still register, but there may not be space for you in a class, and you may get bumped out (up to three days ahead of time) to accommodate someone who does fall into one of these priority groups.
This course is only open to current Washington state foster parents and those actively seeking licensure. If you do not meet one of these eligibility criteria, you will be removed from the course.
If the class you want to take is full, please feel free to add yourself to the waitlist and we will do our best to accommodate you. We have seen a lot of movement into the class from the waitlist in the days before full classes.