CPR training offered throughout L. A. County on Thursday
The "Sidewalk CPR" training, which is expected to reach as many as 10,000 people, will take place between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at fire departments, hospitals, grocery stores and coffee shops.
Participants will learn how to respond to cardiac arrests or other emergencies using hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They will not receive certification cards, but organizers said they will learn basic skills that could save a friend, family member or other person in need.
The countywide event is being coordinated by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the American Heart Assn.
-- Anna Gorman
Photo: A woman performs chest compressions on a mannequin while learning CPR on the steps of San Francisco City Hall in 2010. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images