Monday, February 21, 2011

Free course start 1 March

Residents of Chesterfield County are invited to attend training that will help them overcome the effects of a disaster. The popular Chesterfield Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training will commence on March 1. This is a morning class open to the first 30 persons aged 18 and older who apply. There is no charge for the class. The deadline to enroll is Feb. 27.

The eight-day initial training free course is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays over four consecutive weeks. The training provides participants with basic emergency response skills that are essential in the critical time after a disaster and before first responders arrive. Topics include: light-duty search and rescue, fire safety and suppression, basic and advanced emergency care, terrorism awareness, emergency communications, and disaster psychology. Graduates earn certificates and receive CERT emergency gear including a backpack and helmet. Over four hundred people have completed the county’s CERT training, and more are needed.

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