Community Emergency Response Training

2/24/2014

Community Emergency Response training to be offered

Is your family prepared for a disaster? The fact is that many families are not prepared but you can change that by attending our new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course which begins in April.

The course is intended to teach citizens how to better cope with the aftermath of a disaster by training them in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, citizens are then able to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace when professional responders are not immediately available.

The topics of the course are:
• Disaster Preparedness
• Disaster Fire Suppression
• Disaster Medical Operations (2 parts)
• Light Search and Rescue Operations
• Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
• Course Review and Disaster Simulation

The free course will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the North Aurora Police Department, 200 S. Lincolnway, beginning April 1st and concluding on May 13th. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Preference for admission into the course will be given to residents of the Village of North Aurora.

After the conclusion of the course, attendees who successfully complete the course may apply to volunteer on our first CERT team. CERT volunteers may be asked to assist first responders during disasters, other emergencies, or planned events such as North Aurora Days or the Community Parade.
Applications to attend the course can be picked up at the North Aurora Police Department Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Applications are also available at http://www.vil.north-aurora.il.us/forms.aspx.
Questions about the program can be directed to Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki at (630) 897-8705, ext. 752 or sbuziecki@vil.north-aurora.il.us.

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