Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service sponsors free, introductory "hands-only" CPR training sessions for people with no prior CPR training.

While not a certification class, it is an introduction to hands-only CPR that can be used to revive a person who shows no signs of life. EMS personnel will also demonstrate how to use an automated external defibrillator, as well as how to assist a person who is choking and cannot breathe.

The first of 10 classes will take place Saturday, April 9, starting at 9 a.m. in the training classroom at Police/EMS headquarters, 50 Jesup Road. Each class will run 30 minutes. The last one starts at 1:30 p.m. Participants should use the training division entrance on the west side of the building; they are asked not to park in spaces designated for the Police Department.

Registration is required; sign up by sending an e-mail to cpr@westportems.org, indicating the preferred time of a class.

Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service is an American Heart Association training agency, and as such, conducts certified CPR and first-aid classes. It also offers training for National Safety Council defensive-driving courses.

WVEMS regularly provides free AHA HeartSaver CPR classes for Westport residents and town employees. These courses cover adult, child and infant CPR, obstructed airway management and use of AEDs.