Albion Fire and Rescue is having a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic academy training class that begins 6pm June 2nd.
All Boone County residents are invited to register for the classes that will be held for four consecutive Thursdays 6-10 p.m., with a disaster simulation exercise on Saturday June 25th, 2016.
CERT training is designed to provide basic training in disaster preparedness, which increases the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance arrives.
Courses include; Individual Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster First Aid, Light Search and Rescue, Incident Command System, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism.
“In response to a major disaster, there is the likelihood that first responders such as law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, and emergency management will be overwhelmed,” Emergency Management Director Tom Smith said. “The purpose of CERT program is to teach members of the community to become better prepared by assisting in emergencies and disasters by developing lifesaving skills.”
The Goals of the CERT Program include 1) providing the basis for training individual emergency preparedness and develop an organized team as a resource for public safety agencies. 2) Promoting individual and community preparedness by enhancing the ability of the community to effectively recover from the devastating effects of a disaster.
For more information about this training, please contact the Region 44 Emergency Management Office at 308.536.4443. Register by calling 308.536.4443 or emailing your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.