CERT Training


C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Training) has been scheduled for September 18 and 19, 2015, 9-6, at the Civic Centre for two full days. The cost is $70 US per person.  If you been previously trained and have equipment, there is no cost for retraining. A minimum of 25 registrants is required to secure this training course. Payment is required to hold your spot, with registration deadline on August 15, 2015. Please do not delay submitting your registration and payment if you are interested in attending.  
 
CLASSES ARE FREE but there will be a $70 USD charge for equipment (helmet, vest, goggles, mask, gloves, ID Card, Manual, and fire extinguisher refills.)
 
If you are interested in becoming a C.E.R.T. member and would like to sign up for a training course, please contact Esther Leighton at 403-659-5087.  Registration forms are available at my home or at the town office.
 
What is C.E.R.T.?  
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs. 

C.E.R.T. trains people to be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster.
We will have a 17 hour C.E.R.T. training course delivered in the community by a team of first responders who have the requisite knowledge and skills to instruct the sessions..  There is a Saturday disaster simulation drill at the end of the training. The course syllabus is as follows:
 
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during, and after a disaster. As the session progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers. Since they will want to help their family members and neighbors, this training can help them operate in a safe and appropriate manner. The CERT concept and organization are discussed as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.
 
DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION: Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities, and extinguishing a small fire.
DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
 
DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and most important, rescuer safety.
 
DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.
COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION: Participants review their answers from a take home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in disaster activity.    –Graduation

Again, CLASSES ARE FREE but there will be a $70USD charge for equipment
helmet, vest, goggles, mask, gloves, ID Card, Manual, and fire extinguisher refills.
 
If you are interested in becoming a C.E.R.T. member and would like to sign up for a training course, please contact Esther Leighton at 659-5087.