BRENTWOOD -- Professionals in the business of saving lives will be in Brentwood on Wednesday offering free training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The approximately five-minute drop-in sessions will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road, where the demonstrations are tentatively planned to take place at the east end of the center (where the ice rink is during the Christmas holidays).

Firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and even heart attack survivors themselves will be on hand for this public education effort led by the county's Contra Costa Health Services.

Organized by American Medical Response, the event is part of the emergency medical transportation company's "World CPR Challenge." The goal is to teach compression-only CPR -- as opposed to the traditional mouth-to-mouth technique -- to as many people as possible in a single day.

Reach Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141.