Need A CPR Or First Aid Class? Here’s Three Options For Getting Certified

Whether you’re getting CPR certified for your workplace or for personal reasons, you have several ways to ensure you remain safe during this pandemic while also choosing a delivery method that fits your learning style and preference.

CPR, AED and First Aid classes are available in the following formats:

CPR Training Group Class with Demo-1

In-Person. Approved Training Centers and Authorized Instructors provide in-person CPR, AED and First Aid certification classes. These classes allow you to safely learn lifesaving skills in a traditional classroom setting.



Blended Learning. This hybrid approach combines online learning and in-person skills practice, delivered by an Authorized Instructor.



Online with Remote Skills Verification (RSV). This 100% online certification provides online cognitive training and remote skills verification without leaving the comfort of your home or business. Students receive real-time feedback and guidance from an Authorized Instructor to correctly demonstrate hands-on skills.



Blended Learning and RSV both offer the same online cognitive training component. With these options, you will complete the educational component of your certification online – which may save you time and money.

The real difference between Blended Learning and RSV is the delivery of the hands-on skills component of your certification.

  • Blended Learning requires you to meet in-person with an Authorized Instructor to complete skills practice and testing.
  • RSV allows you to complete your hands-on skills remotely under the supervision and guidance of an Authorized Instructor.

RSV is a great option for students who prefer to remain in their home or workplace for the entirety of their certification. This could be because they don’t want to be physically present due to health concerns or because they don’t want to travel to a nearby training location.

Whatever the reason, RSV gives you the ability to complete your CPR certification under the same high-quality standards as a traditional in-person class.

Your Authorized Instructor will work with you to determine the best way to deliver your hands-on skills training equipment (e.g. manikin, AED trainer, gloves, etc.) to your home or business. And provide you with a remote skills verification time that fits your schedule.

But if you’re someone who prefers to receive feedback in-person, blended learning may be the better option for you. For instance, maybe you’ve never taken a CPR class before and want more personalized training. Blended Learning provides the best of both learning styles by providing online learning and in-person guidance.

Whether you choose in-person, Blended Learning or RSV, certification classes can be completed in a few short hours. But the skills you learn can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one or stranger in need.

Call us at 888-272-8698 or email us for more information on how Bravo Zulu can help you meet your emergency care training needs.

Article 19A compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic

The following is a reply that we received from the NYS DMV Bus Driver Unit when we inquired about Article 19A compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic:

March 23, 2020

We are aware that many carriers are experiencing difficulty in completing their annual and biennial 19-A procedures due to constraints caused by the COVID-19 emergency. While the Bus Driver Unit urges you to make every effort to comply with 19-A procedural requirements, please be assured that full consideration of the circumstances will be given when conducting future compliance reviews. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding 19-A requirements during this emergency, please email us and we will respond as soon as we can.

Bravo Zulu would like to remind our 19A compliance customers that we will work with you in any way we can to assist you with your Article 19A compliance needs following this crisis.  But in the interim, we will limit our services only to services provided electronically such as CDL Abstracts, electronic file reviews and medical certification reviews.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In compliance with the New York State governor’s “New York State on PAUSE” order issued on March 20th 2020, “all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned”. Therefore, Bravo Zulu’s in person training and consultation services in New York state will be suspended until further notice. Additionally, in adherence to the president’s recommendation on Monday March 16th 2020 that Americans “stop unnecessary travel and avoid bars, restaurants and groups of more than 10 people” Bravo Zulu’s in person training and consultation services throughout the country will also be suspended until further notice.  As much as our team of educators and safety consultants would like to continue serving our valued customers, heeding these VITAL, reasonable and prudent attempts to stop the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) makes good sense…to all of us.

On a personal note, please pay heed to the official warnings and advisements related to this pandemic.  This is NOT “just another flu bug”.  This is a highly contagious and dangerous virus that will likely challenge our country’s ability provide lifesaving medical care to those who will need it most (especially in the urban centers).  Understand that it is going to get worse before it gets better…and it is not likely going to get better anytime soon.  So be vigilant, be patient, reach out to people who might need some help (medically, emotionally, etc), practice good sanitary habits (wash your hands, cover your cough and refrain from spitting) and most of all try to be a good human being to one another.  We will get through this.  We will.


And while you’re practicing “social distancing” please consider taking advantage of our ONLINE Defensive Driver’s Course (for New York drivers).  It’ll save you 10% on your automobile insurance, take up to 4 points off your driving record and occupy you for 6 hours (it can be done in multiple sessions if you want to break it up a bit).  And in all truthfulness, watching streaming video services and poking around on social media won’t save you money on your insurance or help you “survive the drive”!

Check out our ONLINE Defensive Driving Classes.

Registration Now Open for 2020 UCR Fees

2020 UCR Registration Now Open

Fees for 2020 Published in Federal Register

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published in the Federal Register 2020 fees for commercial carriers and other entities required by law to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR).
The 2020 UCR registration period is now open.
For the third consecutive year, those businesses subject to UCR will see a reduction in fees. The fee reductions for 2018-2020 are based on recommendations from the UCR Board of Directors to FMCSA following several years of higher than expected collections.
UCR Recommends Enforcement Start on June 1, 2020
State enforcement of the UCR registration requirements commonly begins January 1. But since the opening of the 2020 registration period was delayed several months due to a delay in the approval of fees, UCR is requesting states delay enforcement until June 1, 2020.
Have Bravo Zulu handle your UCR filing for $25 (+ registration fees) and we will check the status of your MCS-150 and Interstate Operating Authority for FREE.  Call 888-BRAVOZULU (888-272-8698) for more information.

Start of 2020 UCR registration period is delayed

As the new year begins, the start of the registration period for the 2020 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) program remains delayed until further notice.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) confirmed this week that the process to establish a final rulemaking for 2020 is still underway within the agency.

The UCR Board of Directors recommends that states and law enforcement delay enforcement for three months starting from the effective date of the 2020 fees.  The Board will review the current situation at its next meeting on January 28th.  Once fees for the 2020 Registration Year are effective, we will, of course, post another message immediately.

Have Bravo Zulu handle your UCR filing for $25 (+ registration fees) and we will check the status of your MCS-150 and Interstate Operating Authority for FREE.  Call 888-BRAVOZULU (888-272-8698) for more information.

2019 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) registration period suspended until further notice

2019 UCR Registration Period Delayed Indefinitely 
The start of the 2019 UCR registration period is delayed until further notice while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completes its rulemaking process on fee levels for 2019.

The proposed fees for 2019 currently under review are based on a recommendation that was submitted by UCR to the FMCSA to reduce fees for carriers at all levels by 4.5% in 2019. This follows a 9.1% reduction this year.

Until further notice, carriers are advised to not pay any carrier fees for the 2019 registration year. If fees are erroneously paid to UCR prior to the final rulemaking, that paid fee will be returned to the entity in its entirety. We expect to receive updated information regarding the registration period by the end of the year.

Take the First Care First There program FREE!

Bravo Zulu is proud to announce their affiliation with First Care Provider; a company committed to help train bystanders how to save lives in critical medical emergencies.

Check out their FREE introductory online program “First Care First There“.  Its a quick introduction to the lifesaving skills EVERYONE should know to help critically injured people for the first couple of minutes until professional help can arrive on the scene.  Its quick, easy to understand and upon completion you can download and print out a really neat certificate of completion.

For more information on First Care Provider training call us at 888-272-8698!

Click on the picture for a great article about First Care Provider training conducted at a school in Southern California!

Most popular CPR and cardiac health related news articles of 2016


As 2016 comes to a close, Bravo Zulu LLC would like to wish its customers, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the visitors to our website a look at the most popular CPR and cardiac health related news articles of the year.

Cardiac arrest victims ignoring life-saving warning signs

The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
From Jan. 12: Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden: New research suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse. Cardiac arrest claims about 350,000 U.S. lives a year. It’s not a heart attack, but worse: The heart abruptly stops beating, its electrical activity knocked out of rhythm.  READ MORE

Cardiac complications from energy drinks? Report adds new evidence

Medical News Today
From Aug. 9: The high levels of caffeine in energy drinks may lead to cardiac complications, suggests a case report in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The case adds to previous reports of adverse cardiovascular events related to consuming energy drinks, including abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).  READ MORE

Calcium supplements may not be good for your heart

Johns Hopkins University
From Oct. 18: Taking calcium supplements may be bad news for your heart, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine and elsewhere. While a calcium-rich diet could actually benefit the heart, the study found that taking calcium in supplement form seems to increase the risk of plaque buildup in arteries and heart damage.  READ MORE

Researchers create model to predict sudden cardiac arrest

From Sept. 6: While many heart conditions can be predicted and monitored based on warning signs, sudden cardiac death occurs in many patients without prior signs, making it difficult to reduce the number of people who die from it with no warning. Researchers have identified 12 markers for risk that could make it easier to prevent sudden cardiac death, according to a new study published in the journal Circulation.  READ MORE

Cholesterol in eggs may not hurt heart health: Study

HealthDay News
From Feb. 23: The once-maligned egg may not be a heartbreaker after all, new research suggests. Finnish researchers say that even carriers of a gene — called APOE4 — that increases sensitivity to dietary cholesterol don’t seem to have anything to fear when it comes to the impact of eggs, or any other dietary cholesterol, on heart health. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  READ MORE

Sudden cardiac death: What can stop your heartbeat instantly

Newsmax Media
From April 5: In the past few months, three famous people — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Frank Sinatra Jr., and comedian Garry Shandling — have all died with shocking suddenness, even though they appeared to be healthy just hours before. But the condition that caused their deaths — sudden cardiac arrest — is common and sometimes even predictable.  READ MORE

Cardiac arrest: New studies question clinical practice

Medical News Today
From April 19: Two new studies published in The BMJ have raised questions about current resuscitation guidelines for patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest, with researchers identifying some practices that may be hindering patient survival. Previous resuscitation guidelines in the U.S. recommended that cardiac arrest patients should receive “stacked” shocks — one defibrillation attempt after another with minimal delays in between.  READ MORE

12-year-old learns CPR, never expecting to save dad

USA Today
From May 17: When Joe Thomas came inside from working on his yard in early April, he felt something he never had before. His chest was tightening and he was having trouble breathing. “I could tell something was off,” the 46-year-old said. His wife and 12-year-old daughter were at a nearby grocery store when they got his phone call. They knew something was up because he normally texted instead.  READ MORE

Using double sequential defibrillation to help cardiac arrest patients

Journey of Emergency Medical Services
From May 3: A 19-year-old male is a known heroin abuser to his friends and family, and after much encouragement he successfully completes rehab and comes home. In honor of his return, his friends invite him to a house party to celebrate. Initially, the night is going well, but soon his friends become concerned when no one can find him.  READ MORE

Cardiac rehab works, so why don’t more patients do it?

National Public Radio
From July 26: When Mario Oikonomides was 38 years old he had a massive heart attack. About a month later, after he’d recuperated from the emergency, his doctors sent him to a cardiac rehabilitation program, where he learned about the role physical activity can play in reducing cardiac risk. “I never exercised before,” Oikonomides says. “I became addicted to exercising.”  READ MORE

Tourniquets save lives in Boston


On October 12th 2016, a Boston police officer who was shot in the leg had his life saved by one of his fellow police officers applying a tourniquet!

READ ABOUT IT HERE: Tourniquet Credited With Saving Life Of Officer Wounded In Shootout


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