421 North Boundary Street 

Williamsburg, VA 23185


Monday-Friday 10 AM - 5 PM EST

Closed weekends


The HEARTSafe Alliance of Greater Williamsburg is a collaborative community health initiative.

Our mission is to improve survival of out of hospital cardiac arrest through training, education and awareness in James City County, York County, City of Williamsburg, and City of Poquoson.


HEARTSafe CPR/AED training will not result in professional certification and is not appropriate for those occupationally required to have CPR/AED training. 

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The HEARTSafe Alliance of Greater Williamsburg was conceived out of a Community Health Needs Assessment completed in 2016 by our local hospital systems. At the time of the assessment, cardiac health was identified as an area in which the community was weak. Riverside and Sentara, in conjunction with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, the fire departments from the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County, the HEARTSafe Community framework was implemented in the Greater Williamsburg Area.  In February of 2018, the Greater Williamsburg Area received the official HEARTSafe Designation from the Rappahannock EMS Council. This designation allows us to give citizens the skills to save lives during sudden cardiac arrest. In December 2018, the HEARTSafe Alliance hired an executive director to implement the program in the community. Since then, over 900 people have received free training in hands-only CPR, PulsePoint implementation has occurred, and the Public Access AED program is well underway.  

James City County Fire Chief, Ryan Ashe (left) and York County Fire Chief Steve Kopczynski (right) at the HEARTSafe Health Fair, Saturday, October 12th, 2019

what we do

The first-ever HEARTSafe Hands-Only CPR class at Club Pilates in James City County, VA
  • Improve the chain of survival 

  • Provide free-hands only CPR training

  • Increase access to AEDs (automated external defibrillators) 

  • Educate the community on heart health and decreasing their risk of sudden cardiac arrest

  • Give the skills to save lives during a sudden cardiac arrest

  • Promote and educate the community on the importance of downloading the PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED mobile applications. 

  • Partner with organizations and businesses throughout the community provide them with free-hands-only CPR instruction

why our community is heartsafe

  • Enhanced 911 system in place, dispatchers provide instructions on proper CPR.

  • We have an ongoing community awareness campaign providing education and training.

  • We have a lead organization responsible for our HEARTSafe efforts involving various community organizations and coordination with EMS.

  • Our local law enforcement and first responders have trained personnel, are equipped with AEDs and are dispatched to appropriate medical emergencies.

  • We are implementing a program that links AEDs, citizens and sudden cardiac arrest victims so that a nearby AED is brought to the victim, decreasing time to defibrillation.

  • We dispatch advanced life support to appropriate emergencies, providers are defibrillation capable, have 12-lead ECGs and maintain certification in AHA ACLS.

  • We have a STEMI system in place decreasing time to diagnosis of a heart attack and ensuring appropriate therapy is provided

  • We have numerous opportunities for obesity and overweight reduction in our community.

  • We have excellent access to cardiovascular care and smoking cessation opportunities.

  • We provide free CPR/AED training to the community.

  • We are working to implement more AEDs throughout our entire community.

  • We are continually evaluating and improving the “chain of survival” and overall cardiovascular health in our community.

One of our partner agencies, The York County Department of Fire and Life Safety, with our executive director at York County Market Days
Alliance committee members at the HEARTSafe Health Fair on October 12th, 2019


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