2017 Lakewood C.E.R.T. Course Opens Registration; Limited slots available

lakewood-cert-tlsA new 6-week long, thorough and comprehensive C.E.R.T. training course is set to begin in Lakewood on Wednesday January 18, one evening a week from 6 to 10:30pm.

C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) courses are designed to educate local residents about many aspects of disaster preparedness for numerous situations that may occur. The course trains individuals in basic disaster and emergency response skills in classroom and live exercise settings. C.ER.T. volunteers are taught how they can assist and work together with local First Responder Units in their community to assist them in their work.

Amongst the many topics that will be covered and taught by certified by C.E.R.T. teachers in the course are: Assisting in evacuations of homes and buildings during emergencies, helping with shelter operations for displaced persons, initial damage assessment, assisting in searches for missing persons, assisting in HAZMAT scene situations, staffing First Aid stations for large events, public support at community events, storm spotting and preparation, and much more useful and potentially lifesaving ways anyone can help First Responders in all types of situations that may occur.

OEM Coordinator Robert Lawson describes the course as being all about, “very practical things that citizens can help the Police Department, Office of Emergency Management and other First Response teams with. When we have large-scale emergencies, our resources are overwhelmed. Citizens can be of assistance and help the emergency response agencies, and that’s a very good thing for the town. Graduates of the course will receive C.E.R.T. certification and will be able to join C.E.R.T. teams. The program is open to anyone interested in being part of a C.E.R.T. team, and I encourage people to consider attending the courses.”

Police Chief Gregory Meyer encourages residents to join the course as the knowledge and skills that you learn at this course can save lives.

Anyone interested in joining the training course should email [email protected] and an application form will be sent to them.

Slots in the course will be limited, and applicants will be accepted if they meet basic criteria on a first-come first-serve basis.

View video of 2016 CERT course here (YouTube – external link)

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