American Heart Association


Learn to save a life from those who do it every day. BCFMT is comprised of experienced Fire Service personnel who have taken on the role of instructor. We offer real-life drills and tips to make you more comfortable helping someone else, empowering you to make a difference.

BLS for Healthcare Providers December 4, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016 08:00
Our next American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course scheduled for Sunday December 4, 2016. Registration opens 7:30am, class runs from 8am until lunch time. Cost is $60 with book, $40 without, cash or money order (checks are accepted but cards are not mailed until the check clears). CARDS ARE ISSUED SAME DAY upon successful completion of the course. We encourage everyone to pre-pay in the Course Enrollment section of via PayPal or credit card. You may also simply show up the morning of class to the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Bingo Hall, 40 E. Sudbrook Lane, Pikesville, MD 21208 by 7:30am to review class materials. Please wear appropriate clothing and closed shoes to class for your comfort and safety. The next available classes will be held on the following Sundays: January 8, 2017 February 5, 2017

ACLS Refresher November 27, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016 08:00
BCFMT's American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) classes will be conducted at the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company (RVFC). RVFC is located at 108 Main Street in Reisterstown, MD 21136. The AHA ACLS Refresher Courses offered by BCFMT, Inc. are designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of patients, whether in or out of hospital. Throughout the ACLS Program, participants will enhance their skills to manage the adult cardiac arrest victim or patients experiencing other cardiovascular emergencies. The AHA ACLS (2015 Guidelines) emphasize the importance of consistent basic life support, the integration of effective advanced cardiovascular life support interventions, and the need for effective team interactions and communications during emergency events. Active participation in a series of simulated cases and megacodes allows participants to reinforce the course content. Each participant must review pharmacology and EKGs prior to the course. The interpretation of EKGs is not covered in this course. To enroll participants must have a current AHA ACLS and AHA BLS Card. These cards must be brought to class at the time of training. The cost of our AHA ACLS Renewal Class is $175. There is a fee of $40 if a one-on-one remedial session is required. Payment may be made via PayPal or credit card in the course enrollment section of our website ( The registration deadline for each class is one week prior to the course date. An ACLS book is not included. If you need a class and cannot attend one of these sessions, email to find additional options that are available. We offer the AHA ACLS Online Part 1 and Part 2 Skills Testing Option, which provides additional scheduling flexibility. If you have a small group, we can bring an ACLS Class to your site. Please email or call 410.591.6058, should you have any questions or concerns. Our 2016 American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Refresher Courses will be held on: December 18th (Not the last weekend due to the Christmas Holiday) January 29, 2017 February 26, 2017

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Monday, August 8, 2016 
INTEGRATED POST-CARDIAC ARREST CARE TIME IS CRITICAL FOR SURVIVAL Several studies document the effects of time to defibrillation on survival from cardiac arrest and the consensus is that minutes count: If a rescuer can provide defibrillation in the first minute, the victimís chance of survival increases to more than 90 percent. However, each minute that passes will decrease the victimís chance of survival by 7Ė10 percent if no defibrillation is provided. ASK US FOR A QUOTE.

On-Site Training
Thursday, January 22, 2015 
Let us come to your facility and train your staff on-site. Reduce training and travel costs. Email for a quote. On-Site Courses include: CPR & AED First Aid Bloodborne Pathogens Hazard Communication DOT Drug & Alcohol Abuse Recognition for Supervisors Fire Extinguisher & Fire Safety IV Technician Lock out/Tag out OSHA 10, 24, 40 hour HazWhopper

ACLS & BLS Skills Checks
Thursday, January 22, 2015 
Already completed Part I of the AHA on-line programs? Schedule to complete your AHA Skills Check. Cards issued immediately upon successful completion. Email to schedule your appointment. Please specity ACLS, BLS for Healthcare Provider, Heratsaver AED or Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED. Must bring Part 1 certificate from American Heart Association.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 
You can complete BLS training and get your course completion card within 72 hours of completing the AHA on-line eLearning video and successfully completing a skills check with one of instructors.

BCFMT now offers American Heart Association eLearning courses to provide a complete, flexible solution for first-time or renewal training for both healthcare and lay providers who need to keep their skills current. Students can complete training at their own pace, in less time and anywhere with Internet access.  
eLearning courses allow students:
  • To learn and practice at his/her own pace
  • Flexibility to complete online training at home or work
  • Remediation through challenge questions and skills testing
  • Opportunity to review information for up to 6 months
  • Completion at your own pace.
  • With our training center, you can complete the on-line course and schedule the skills check within 72 hours. 
Click here for details

Marylanders Volunteer in Israeli Hospital
Thursday, September 4, 2014 
Firefighters, medical personnel spend a week in Ashkelon

Hospital officials were showing Evan Feuer around the emergency room at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon when they heard tires screeching outside. A woman in the car was in cardiac arrest.

Within minutes, and before doctors had arrived, the woman was intubated, had an IV placed and was breathing thanks to Feuer, who managed the woman’s airway, and hospital paramedics and nurses. Within a half hour she was off to the intensive care unit. “That was my welcome to Israel, my first patient,” said Feuer, a Silver Spring native and paramedic of more than 20 years.
Feuer, four Baltimore residents and a Texas nurse were deployed on a week-long volunteer mission to the hospital to assist medical personnel in various capacities. Barzilai, located miles from Gaza, was inundated with patients during Operation Protective Edge. Joining Feuer on the mission were Scott Goldstein, first engine lieutenant at the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company; Scott Weiner, an EMS lieutenant at the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company; and two members of Hatzalah of Baltimore, Jonathan Lerner and David Heyman. The Texas participant was Wendi Schambach. They were deployed through the Emergency Volunteers Project, a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization that recruits and trains emergency service workers to back up first responders in Israel. The need for EVP volunteers arises during conflicts, an EVP official said, when demand for medical services is high but manpower is reduced as Israeli EMTs in the reserves are called to the frontlines or serve in infantry. With no mutual aid agreements with its neighbors, Israel calls in outside help, in this case through EVP.

The organization, which started four years ago, works with 600 personnel in the U.S., and seeks people with years of experience in high-pressure environments. EVP raises money on an as-needed basis for the deployments and trainings, an official said.

This deployment was EVP’s second during Operation Protective Edge. The first sent firefighters to respond to rocket attacks along the Gaza border and elsewhere. Those volunteers extinguished a brush fire in a kibbutz’s field that was hit by a rocket.

The most recent deployment sent the six Americans to Barzilai, an almost 600-bed facility that has seen more than 1,500 patients during the latest military operations. Those who volunteered were called Sunday evening, Aug. 24, and were on planes to Israel within 48 hours. The deployment’s last day was Monday “It’s a way for me to step up and help my friends and family over here, and normally, I wouldn’t be able to do that,” said Goldstein, who had been to Israel twice prior to this deployment. “Hopefully, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Weiner, who had the support of his wife and kids, said going on the deployment was a no-brainer.

“I didn’t really think twice about it,” he said. “The reality of it is, it’s our homeland. That’s how I feel about it.”

His family’s foundation, the Roz and Marvin H. Weiner Family Foundation, was one of several organizations that sponsored the deployment. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and Texas-based John Hagee Ministries also sponsored the trip.

For The Associated, devoting resources to EVP met its requirements of specific, meaningful and safe work.

“We wanted to support our sister city,” said Mary Haar, director of The Associated’s Israel and Overseas department. “They’re doing good work in Ashkelon.”

The six volunteers spent their time working in Barzilai’s emergency room, operating room and intensive care unit and helped with intake of patients
as well. In addition to the woman in cardiac arrest, patients they helped included a boy with severe burns from an at-home accident, a patient with a bad snakebite and a bicyclist critically injured in a car accident.

By the end of the deployment, hospital staff and EVP volunteers were working together seamlessly.

For Feuer, who spent 15 months in Iraq as a medic and a combat medical trainer, it was easy to see the need for EVP.

“They were getting overwhelmed with patients. This is a small, 18-bed ER [that] had to process 70 to 80 patients an hour,” said Feuer, who works part time as a paramedic in Trenton, N.J., and runs several businesses. “They were overwhelmed, their facility was overwhelmed, and their staff was overwhelmed, and our role was to ease some of that burden as much as we were able to.”

Before heading home, EVP volunteers were honored at a hospital ceremony, which was attended by American Embassy officials, and met with members of the Knesset.

Volunteers walked away from the experience with several impressions and ideas. Things at the hospital seem to be returning to normal, or “standard insanity,” Feuer said.

Goldstein and Weiner hope to start a Baltimore chapter of EVP to help with future recruits and training. But ultimately, they left feeling like they helped out in a conflict that can seem so far away from the U.S.

“I lived in Israel in the past,” Feuer said. “As an American Jew, looking at the news every day, seeing what’s going without being able to lay your hands down and affect any difference is difficult.”

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