Locals have the opportunity to learn a life-saving skill at no cost. On Saturday, March 7, local American Red Cross volunteers will host a free CPR training on the Oracle campus, 1001 Sunset Blvd. in Rocklin. Classes will be scattered throughout the day and last two to three hours. Sessions will be held at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to CPR, the classes will also include choke rescue training. Every year, more than 500,000 Americans die of a heart attack and more than half of those victims die before they reach a hospital, according to an American Red Cross news release. “A CPR class can help you save a life if someone has a heart attack or their heart or breathing stops for another reason,” said Placer District American Red Cross Outreach Manager Bob Thornton in a news release. Attendees of the class receive an American Red Cross certification, valid for one year. A $10 per person materials fee is due at registration and will entitle the students to $10 credit toward American Red Cross preparedness merchandise for sale at the event. An additional class – instruction on how to use Automated External Defibrillator, will also be available on site at no cost. AEDs are electronic, self-programmed devices that can help restore a heartbeat. “This essential tool is becoming more widely available in our community and enables a rescue volunteer to take immediate action to assist a person experiencing cardiac arrest,” Thornton said. CPR Saturday is sponsored by a community partnership grant from Oracle in cooperation with the Placer District, Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross. Pre-registration is strongly recommended as volunteers hope to train up to 400 people in one day. Registration can be done online at www.sacsierraredcross.org or by calling (866) 656-9272.