Cardiac Arrest & CPR

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) saves lives!  When a bystander performs CPR, the survival rate doubles or even triples.  Travis County Emergency Services District 2 (ESD2) provides free training in Hands-Only CPR to groups of 10 or more people, age 12 years and up.  At least two weeks in advance of your preferred training date, please call our non-emergency number at (512) 251-2801 and ask for the Risk Reduction Division to schedule Hands-Only CPR Training.  Classes can be scheduled at ESD2 facilities or off-site within our area. NOTE: This is a short, basic class that does not produce a certification.

How is Hands-Only CPR different than traditional CPR?

  • No “mouth to mouth”; only chest compressions
  • Training only takes about 20 minutes
  • It is simple enough for almost any teen or adult to learn
  • It is FREE!

In addition, ESD2 can “train the trainer,” meaning we teach one or more representatives of your organization how you can teach hands-only CPR. We allow you to check out our mannequins and other materials for three days at a time, and afterward you will fill out a brief form to indicate how many people you trained.

Why It Matters

Travis County ESD2 has responded to nearly 450 cardiac arrest calls over the past five years all across every neighborhood in our community. And in the United States as a whole, more than 1,600 people suffer a cardiac arrest every day, which is when the heart suddenly stops beating and blood stops flowing. It can happen to anyone at any age, often without warning. Every minute that blood flow is not restored can cut the victim’s survival rate by about 10%. This means that in just a few minutes, death or permanent brain damage can occur. When a bystander performs CPR while waiting for first responders to arrive, they are often the difference between life and death–in addition to a better quality of life if the victim survives.



American Red Cross

American Heart Association

Kardiac Lifesavers 


Understanding a Cardiac Arrest vs. a Heart Attack  (Go Red for Women)

American Heart Association

National Institutes of Health

Mayo Clinic