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General Information... Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Class Completes Training by Talbot County Emergency Services (DES) on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 9:43am


MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Boldosser, 410-770-8166

November 11, 2010 

“The Talbot County DES Emergency Operations Center on Port Street in Easton was struck by a disaster Tuesday evening. A simulated disaster, that is.”

On Tuesday evening members of our community completed a 40 hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program. This completion entailed an actual scenario which included a mock building collapse with trapped victims, accompanied by a live fire where the students applied those lessons learned. The class, made up primarily from members of United Methodist Churches in the Bay hundred area, was divided into three teams, who then went from station to station, rendering first aid, freeing a victim trapped by fallen debris, and putting out a fire.

The CERT program is a part of a national effort to prepare communities for disasters. It is not designed to train members of a community as first responders, but to teach them to be able to care for themselves, their families, and neighbors in times of disaster, realizing first responders cannot be everywhere at once during a wide-scale disaster. The course is free and includes such topics as emergency preparedness, disaster first aid, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and disaster psychology.

Clay Stamp, DES Director stated, “This valuable community preparedness program couldn't be conducted without the extraordinary efforts of our DES staff, our DES volunteers Jim Bottorf and Ron Weber, the direct assistance of our volunteer fire departments, and others who stepped up to offer training to the students.”

The Department of Emergency Services will be offering another CERT class in the spring. The curriculum is interactive; a combination of lecture and hands-on activities, and is open to all citizens over the age of 16. Classes are taught by subject matter experts. The course concludes with a final disaster activity. There is no charge for the class and graduates receive a duffel bag filled with items such as a first aid kit, flashlight, personal protection equipment and much more. Those who complete the course will also be offered follow-on training in CPR and other disaster related topics. For more information, contact Michael Boldosser, Emergency Planner, at 410-770-8166 or email him at CERT is a program of Citizen Corps under the aegis of Homeland Security.
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