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The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division administers a countywide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Education Program which focuses on providing CPR training to targeted groups. The desired impact is to provide CPR training to citizens thus increasing the incidence of bystander initiated CPR and improving the chance of survival from cardiac arrest for citizens in King County.

King County employee training

The EMS Division sponsors an Employee CPR Training Program for King County employees, targeting employees who work directly with the public. King County basic CPR and refresher classes are open to all employees and they are encouraged by the King County Executive to attend during work hours. In addition, the EMS Division provides BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR/AED training to Public Health employees who work directly with patients in clinical and public settings.

Student CPR program

Washington state law (RCW 28A.230.179) requires that school districts offer CPR/AED instruction in at least one health class necessary for graduation. The King County EMS Student CPR training program provides CPR/AED Training to approximately 11,000 students in grades six through twelve each year in King County, excluding the Seattle School District. Twelve school districts participate in the Student CPR Training Program and receive funds for the program in their district. Approximately $63,000 annually is divided amongst all school districts to be used for:

  • Training school teachers to be CPR instructors;
  • Purchase of CPR equipment, audio visual aids and supplies;
  • Providing CPR instructors from the community, if necessary

The program emphasizes training the school teachers to become CPR instructors so they can provide CPR/AED training to students in the classroom. Approximately 200 school teachers actively participate in the program. Funds provided to each district are used to hire substitute teachers so teachers can attend CPR instructor certification workshops provided by the EMS Division. Instructors must also be monitored and re-certified every two years to maintain their Instructor status.

School districts are required to use King County EMS-approved curricula for student CPR/AED training. A curriculum designed specifically for middle and high school students was recently developed by King County EMS and is one of the curricula options available in the Student CPR program. For further information about the CPR in the Schools curriculum, contact the CPR/PAD Program Manager at 206-477-8664 or

City employee training

The EMS Division funds King County municipalities to provide CPR/AED training to city employees who work directly with the public. Funds are used to purchase audio/visual materials, teaching supplies, and pay for instructor fees. In addition, cities can purchase AEDs to place in public facilities within King County cities.

For more information about King County CPR Training programs, contact Laura Miccile, Program Manager at 206-477-8664 or