Darien EMS-Post 53 will offer first aid, CPR and AED training classes to Darien businesses, organizations and individuals in 2014.

Most recently, Post 53 members Nancy Herling, Joan Gildea and Antonia Basu trained the staff of Maureen Bloom's Playdates, recertifying all 24 staff members in first aid, CPR and AED.

"Staying current in these critical skills is an important part of our job," Bloom said. "Having easy access to this type of excellent training for my staff right here in our community is a great service."

Playdates is a play school designed for children aged 18 to 36 months, where classes rotate meeting at each child's home in Darien, New Canaan and Rowayton. Each class is limited to eight children with two trained teachers. The structure makes it essential that each staff member be fully trained and recertified on a regular basis.

In addition, Darien EMS-Post 53 will offer monthly CPR certification classes starting in January:

infant first aid/CPR on the first Sunday every month for one hour. The cost is $25.

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Heartsaver CPR/AED (adult/child/infant) on the third Sunday every month for about three hours. The cost is $50.

For information or reservations, email Bridget Hannigan and Caroline Nelson, Darien EMS- Post 53 CPR coordinators, at post53cprcoordinators@gmail.com.