Until Help Arrives Course

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About the Course

Until Help Arrives is a free, in-person emergency response course for anyone who lives, works, or spends time in Arlington County.

Equip yourself with life-saving skills to act confidently in emergencies. Whether it's a sudden accident at work, a car crash, or an act of violence, you can save lives while waiting for first responders.

Registered students will receive a printout of the one-page Emergency Responses Skills handout(PDF, 94KB) and are welcome to review the course slides(PDF, 4MB) ahead of the class.

What You'll Learn:

  • Situational Awareness: Stay alert, identify threats, stay safe.
  • Identifying Life Threats: Know what to look for and act fast.
  • Bleed Control: Techniques like tourniquet use and wound care.
  • Injury Management: Proper ways to move and position the injured.
  • Psychological Support: Comforting the wounded in distress.
  • Efficient 9-1-1 Communication: Ensure the right info gets through, fast.
Online Resources

If you cannot make our free, in-person courses, take a look at our online Until Help Arrives resources at home and learn essential life-saving skills that you can use until help arrives.

5-Minute Skills Videos

Part 1: Applying Direct Pressure


Part 2: How to Apply Tourniquets


Part 3: How to Pack an Open Wound

Part 4: How to Apply Pressure Bandage


Part 5: Keeping a Person's Airway Open


Lecture Videos

Please note that some course content contains graphic images.

Module 1: Bystander Role, Mental Preparedness, 4Rs Introduction


Module 2: Stopping Bleeding, Tourniquets, Wound Packing, & Pressure Dressing

Module 3: Protecting the Airway & Breathing, Preventing Shock & Hypothermia, Calling 9-1-1