The York County Department of Fire and Life Safety is now accepting registrations for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course, scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009.
The CERT program provides citizens the knowledge, skills and abilities not only to help their families be better prepared for emergencies, but to help their neighborhood be better prepared, and to take action when York County is affected by major emergencies or disasters.
For a number of years, the Department of Fire and Life Safety has been training citizens to be prepared for an emergency or disaster, training that provides another level of protection for our community. The CERT program was originally developed by the Los Angeles Fire Department and since has become a national model to better prepare citizens to cope with and assist in both man-made and natural disasters.
Those interested in participating in York County’s CERT Training Program should be prepared to make a commitment to one Wednesday night a week for nine weeks of training in the evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, for practical skills, exercises and a graduation ceremony. CERT courses in York County include presentations, discussions and practical experiences. The topics include the following:
CERT organization and overview – February 4
Disaster preparedness and terrorism – February 11
Disaster medical operations I – February 18
Disaster medical operations II – February 25
Light search and rescue – March 4
Disaster fire suppression – March 11
Disaster medical operations exercise – March 18
Practical skills review – March 21
Disaster psychology – March 25
Fire station tour – April 1
Final exercise and graduation – April 4
Classes will be held at the Public Safety Building, 301 Goodwin Neck Road, and registration is free and limited to York County residents.
For more information on CERT, contact the Department of Fire and Life Safety at 757-890-3600 Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the website.