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2011-03-23 / Family

County to offer CERT course next month

Spring has arrived, which means hurricane season is just around the corner. There is no better time for Chesterfield County residents to attend training that will help them overcome the effects of a disaster. The popular Community Emergency Response Team training will begin on April 5. The class is open to the first 30 people, ages 18 and older, who apply. There is no charge for the class. The deadline to enroll is March 27.

The eight-night initial training 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. More than 400 people have completed the county’s CERT training, and more are needed.

Registration forms are available online at www.chesterfield.gov/CERT/, by emailing CERT@chesterfield.gov or by calling 751-CERT.

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