Anne Nesbit flanked by Truett Dupuis, age 10, and sister Kacey, age 12 displaying their CPR cards. Photo courtesy: Robyn Denson

On a drizzly Saturday in January, the 18 participants of the CPR training at the Key Center fire station left class humming the chorus of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” According to Anne Nesbit, CPR instructor and volunteer battalion chief for the Key Peninsula Fire Department, that chorus is the perfect tempo for CPR compressions.

“But don’t start compressions until after the 911 call has been made,” she said.

Participants from the KP and Gig Harbor areas learned and practiced CPR technique for three hours. One person, who was updating her training, said it was the best instructional session she had ever attended.

Modifications in technique have evolved over the years, so retraining could prove valuable, Nesbit said.

The Heartsaver CPR class takes about three hours and costs $35. Class size determines the number of instructors required to maintain a 6-1 ratio of students to instructors, but Nesbit said she would teach individuals and smaller groups requesting it.

For more information or to arrange a class, contact Anne Nesbit at or 253-884-2222.