CPR for Bowie

Learn CPR – Help Save a Life

The CPR For Bowie training covers infant, child and adult CPR, as well as AED. The classes are full of hands-on practice, information, and we allow time for questions and answers. In addition to learning CPR skills, the instructors strive to make the evening entertaining and fun.

Classes are held throughout the year (current schedule below) at the Robert B. Wright Training Hall (BVFD Station 43) located at 16408 Pointer Ridge Drive, Bowie, MD 20716.  Parking is in the rear of the building.  Map to Station 43.

Types of classes available:

  • HeartSaver AED – citizens - for individuals not in the medical field (daycare providers, sports fitness instructors, etc)
  • Healthcare Provider - for individuals with direct patient care responsibilities.
  • We get many requests for First Aid Training, however, we do not teach First Aid at this time.


Registrations can be made by sending an email to bowieCPR@gmail.com.   Please provide your name, date of class, type of class, your affiliation (nurse, doctor, EMT, citizen, etc.), phone number, email address, and home address, if FD- provide Station #.

Each student will receive a confirmation e-mail once enrolled in the class. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you are NOT enrolled. Each class requires a minimum of 5 students. If 5 students are not enrolled one day prior to the date of the class, the class will be cancelled. You will receive an e-mail if the class is cancelled due to low enrollment.

CLASS PRICES:  All class prices are $45 per student (Fire Department, Police Department and City of Bowie personnel are no charge).  Payment is due at time of class.  Payment can be in the form of a check or money order, payable to:  BVFD – CPR for Bowie; or cash.  If paying by check, the cancelled check serves as the payment receipt for the class; if paying by cash you will receive a written receipt.  Please bring exact amount, we do not have change on the premises. 

CERTIFICATION:  Certifications are through American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI).  We are no longer providing certifications through American Heart Association (AHA) as of 1 February 2021.


Class times are held from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM.  Registration begins at 6:00 - please arrive before 6:15pm for registration so we may start class promptly at 6:30pm.  If you arrive 15 minutes after the start of class - you will be asked to reschedule for another date.  If class is cancelled due to inclement weather, an update will be made to the website by 3pm.

Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to participate in the practicals that will be done on the floor.  If you have any special needs, please advise when registering.

TEST OUT / CHALLENGE:  Anyone is eligible to challenge the course and earn an ASHI Certification Card.  There are no lessons or teaching in a Challenge. Participants are solely responsible and must be prepared to take a written exam and skill test. The instructor’s activities are limited to administering the written exam and carrying out the skill tests. 

2022/2023 SCHEDULE


  • Wed. September 28 - Healthcare Providers / VRS


  • Wed. October 12 – Heartsavers (Citizens – not in medical field)
  • Wed. October 19 (5:30pm) - Test Out / Challenge
  • Wed. October 19 (6:30pm) - Healthcare Providers / VRS


  • Thurs. November  10 – Heartsavers (Citizens – not in medical field)
  • Thurs. November 17 (5:30pm) - Test Out / Challenge
  • Thurs. November 17 (6:30pm) - Healthcare Providers / VRS


  • Thurs. December 1 – Heartsavers (Citizens – not in medical field)
  • Thurs. December 8 (5:30pm) - Test Out / Challenge
  • Thurs. December 8 (6:30pm) - Healthcare Providers / VRS


  • Thurs. January 12 – Heartsavers (Citizens – not in medical field)
  • Thurs. January 26 (5:30pm) - Test Out / Challenge
  • Thurs. January 26 (6:30pm) - Healthcare Providers / VRS


  • Thurs. February 9 – Heartsavers (Citizens – not in medical field)
  • Thurs. February 16 (5:30pm) - Test Out / Challenge
  • Thurs. February 16 (6:30pm) - Healthcare Providers / VRS



In memory of Thomas W. Hayden, the BVFD has established an annual award in honor of Tom's contributions to the CPR for Bowie program and to the citizens of the City of Bowie. Tom dedicated many hours to the furthering of the CPR for Bowie program by teaching the life-saving skills to thousands of members of various fire departments, City of Bowie employees, as well as to the general public. Tom’s enthusiasm and teaching style was one that will never be forgotten or duplicated. This annual award will ensure that the legacy of EMT Thomas W. Hayden will live on.

The Thomas W. Hayden Award is given to recognize an individual(s) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty with regards to performing CPR and/or the CPR for Bowie program. (A PDF version of the rules and the nomination form can be downloaded here.)

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