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Learn Life-Saving Skills in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Being trained in first aid and CPR can help save a life . If you want to learn CPR, you're in luck: the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service offers a variety of courses.

Nearly 1,000 — 996 to be exact — people received first aid and CPR lessons from the Westport VEMS from July 2010 through June 2011, the nonprofit announced.

Among the offerings is a free introductory course. Although not a certification class, students will learn how to perform hands-only CPR on an adult. Students will also see demonstrations on how to use an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, and how to assist an adult who's chocking and can't breathe. This introductory course takes less than 30 minutes.

Westport VEMS also offers American Heart Association certified HeartSaver CPR classes. These classes cover adult, child and infant CPR, obstructed airway management and training and practice on AEDs. These classes are free for Westport residents and town employees.

Other classes available include American Heart Association certified first aid classes and classes for health care providers.

All courses are supported by contributions to Westport VEMS and course fees. To see a full schedule of offerings and course fees, visit the Westport VEMS website .

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