This Saturday, the Merritt Fire Rescue Department in partnership with Red Cross, BC Ambulance Service and the RCMP will team up for a community CPR course.

The day-long information session is being held at the Civic Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 to familiarize people with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Fire training officer Carl Johnston said the goal is to make CPR less intimidating, in addition to teaching people how to get help for someone in need.

The session will feature various stations for different CPR subjects, and the lessons will emphasize the process of checking a scene, calling for help and providing care for the person in need until emergency crews arrive.

How to recognize signs of a stroke or heart attack will also be discussed at the session.

Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson said the fire department decided to host the event because they often attend calls for cardiac arrest.

This session will not be a fully certified course, but will serve as an information and awareness session, where people can concentrate on specific topics such as infant choking.