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In September 2001, CCRF was granted affiliate status in the Military Training Network (MTN). The MTN is designated as the Department of Defense affiliate for the American Heart Association and the American College of Surgeons for resuscitative/trauma medicine programs. What that means to OFRD officers is that you may now access BLS training classes with MTN members throughout the United States at no charge.

Classes currently offered through MTN include:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Life Support (PALS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)--Remember that we require the Healthcare Provider course

At this time, our agreement with MTN authorizes officers to obtain BLS Training.   We continue to negotiate for additional classes.  We will publish any additional information as it becomes available.

OFRD members are required to maintain certification in BLS. The required certification is American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers. That course includes infant, pediatric and adult CPR, the bag-valve-mask and use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers course is equivalent to the AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers course.

For those of you who live outside of the Washington area and within commuting distance of a military treatment facility and need to update, please call that MTN facility and speak with their education department about the availability of courses.

BLS Course Offerings:

For BLS courses in the Washington, D.C., area, click here.  

For BLS courses provided by PHS officers in other geographical locations click here.

BLS Instructors:

If you are an American Heart Association BLS instructor and would like to assist OFRD in providing BLS training, please contact us at ofrd-training@hhs.gov with a subject heading of BLS Instructor.


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