CERT TRAINING BEGINS MAY 8
The Town & Country and Creve Coeur Police Departments in cooperation with West County EMS and Fire District are offering specialized training, known as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The training is designed to assist the community in the event of a large-scale disaster. Our program is part of the Meramec Valley Citizen Corps Council, which includes CERT programs from several local municipalities and fire districts.
CERT training was designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to train citizen volunteers to assist their communities after disasters, such as an earthquake. Topics covered during the training include: disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism. Required training manuals, as well as some supplies, will be provided for participants.
The training will be conducted on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 900 PM for 6 consecutive weeks at the new West County EMS and Fire Training Facility located near the intersection of Manchester and Mason Road. On June 16th a practical excise will be conducted from 9am until noon that must be attended.
The next class is scheduled to begin on May 8.
There is no charge to attend this class.
Additionally, businesses located within the city limits interested in providing CERT training for a group of employees, can host a class during normal business hours. Edward Jones, Monsanto and Maryville University employees have completed the training and are better prepared to assist and respond should a disaster occur while they are at work.
It is important to have trained citizen volunteers available to assist our police and fire departments and the community in the aftermath of a disaster. If you would like to enroll and/or receive additional information regarding CERT, please contact Officer Kent Berry by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional CERT information is also available at the FEMA website, http://www.ready.gov/.