February is National Heart Month, and the Anchorage Fire Department is offering free "hands only" CPR training classes to help save lives.

The American Heart Association says that 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases happen at home. AFD says when a person goes into cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. While cardiac arrest stops the heart from beating and leaves a person unresponsive, the association says a heart attack involves a blockage and may leave a person responsive.

AFD says the training is not certification, but the basic skills to help someone immediately. The two main components include calling 911 right away and then performing chest compressions. The training only takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

The dates and locations for the training, taking place over the next three weekends, are listed below. The 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. classes are free and open to the public.

Feb. 9:
Station 1 – 100 E 4th Ave. 
Station 11 – 16630 Eagle River Road
Station 9 – 13915 Lake Otis Parkway

Feb. 17:
Station 3 – 430 Bragaw St. 
Station 5 – 2207 McRae Road
Station 8 – 6151 O'Malley Road

Feb. 23:
Station 4 – 4350 MacInnes St. 
Station 7 – 8735 Jewel Lake Road
Station 6 – 1301 Patterson St.

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