Monday, August 23, 2010

Register now for this fall’s emergency response team training course

August 23, 2010

The York County Department of Fire and Life Safety is now accepting registrations from York County residents for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course, scheduled to begin on Thursday, Sept. 9. 
The CERT program provides citizens the knowledge, skills and abilities to not only help their families be better prepared for emergencies, but to help their neighborhood be prepared, and to take action when the county is affected by major emergencies or disasters.
The CERT program was developed by the Los Angeles Fire Department to provide residents with the skills necessary to assist their families and neighbors during and immediately following an earthquake until emergency services could arrive. Since then, the CERT model has been adapted throughout the nation to prepare citizens to assist in both man-made and natural disasters.
In recent years, particularly after the county was impacted by a major ice storm, Hurricane Isabel, and Tropical Storm Ernesto, the Department of Fire and Life Safety has been training citizens to be prepared for an emergency or disaster. This training provides another level of protection for our community.
Residents interested in participating in York County's CERT Training Program should be prepared to make a commitment to attend courses one Thursday night a week for nine weeks of training and two Saturday mornings for practical skills training, and a final course exercise and graduation. 
The topics covered in the program include: CERT organization and expectations, disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, neighborhood fire station tour, and practical training and exercise. CERT classes are taught using multiple instructional methods including presentations, discussions and practical experiences. The program concludes on the final day with a graduation ceremony.
Classes will be held at the Public Safety Building, 301 Goodwin Neck Road, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Registration is free and limited to York County residents. For more information on CERT, call the Department of Fire and Life Safety at 890-3600 or visit
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