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2018-02-07 / Local News

Town of Tonawanda seeks CERT volunteers

The Town of Tonawanda is planning to hold its next Community Emergency Response Team Training class in March.

CERT Training is a free community preparedness course that includes both academic and hands-on instruction.

The training prepares people to help themselves, their family members and their neighbors in the event of a catastrophe.

The nine-class course will begin Monday, March 5, and continue from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays. A wrap-up and practical exercise will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28. Participants should plan to attend all sessions.

The course will meet at the Town of Tonawanda Fire Training Tower Classroom, located at 70 Fire Tower Drive off Two Mile Creek Road.

Topics include:

Disaster Preparedness: disasters and disaster workers, community preparedness

Fire Safety: fire chemistry, fire hazards, fire safety and fire suppression

Light Search and Rescue: search and rescue size-up and operations

Emergency Medical Operations I & II: triage and treating life-threatening injuries

Disaster Psychology: impact of disaster on rescuers and victims and its mitigation

Terrorism and CERT: terrorism and its goals, CERT protocols for terrorism incidents

Disaster Simulation Training Exercise: course review and hands-on exercise

FEMA IS 100: Incident Command System introduction

Preregistration is required, and participants must be at least 16 years old.

For more information and to enroll online, go to www.tonawanda.ny.us, click on the Emergency Services link and then select CERT.

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