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HeartStarters was founded by Mary Houska in July 2001.  EMT-Paramedic since 1984, she has responded to victims of cardiac arrest and scenes of horrific accidents in which citizens trained in CPR and First Aid have made a dramatic difference in how the victim survived and recovered. We need more first responders.
As a resident in Sioux Falls since 1992, Mary discovered it was near-impossible to find CPR and First Aid classes.
  Thus the idea of Heartstarters was born. HeartStarters mission is to provide a greater number of quality life saving programs in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas. Our mission is simply to "Save Lives".
In 2002 HeartStarters received recognition as an American Heart Association Training Center.

HeartStarters offers a wide variety of workplace and community courses. We can bring the training to your facility. We travel anywhere! Classes outside a 40 mile radius of HeartStarters will have additional mileage fee.  Email us for details.
Heartstarters moves with the times and technology. We offer two options for classes. We have classeroom based couses vs Blended Learning courses. Same certification card, different ways to get there!

Course descriptions and fees are listed for each course on corresponding title pages. I have also added a listing of types of classes offered on the BLS vs Heartsaver page as  it has increased in 2016.

The workplace training program (AHA Heartsaver First Aid and CPR), meets OSHA recommendations.

I know first hand the consequences of a victim when no help was available, don't be the bystander who has not been prepared to save the life of a co-worker or loved one. Schedule your training today.
To Save A Life you need to be prepared, 80% of all cardiac arrests happen in the home, this is not the time to learn CPR over the phone!
The best chance of survival is given to the victims who receive help immediately. Allow HeartStarters to help you be prepared.

Classes are often held in my home office at 4600 S Nathan Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57103, but can be brought to your location if you have 6 students or pay the minimum onsite fee of 6 students. Below are some photos of the training site and equipment.


Email HeartStarters or call/text to 605-371-2276. Texting is quickest way to reach me.

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