The City of Richmond, Fire Department Office of Emergency Services’ Richmond REACT/CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Program is on the lookout for local residents interested in participating in its “Spring 2016 Training Session.”
According to organizers, the CERT training is a free emergency training program to empower our community to prepare for and overcome the effects of any disaster that has the potential to disrupt our daily lives.
CERT training kicks off Feb. 25 and occurs Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through April 14, 2016, at the Richmond Fire Training Center, 3506 Cutting Avenue in Richmond.
Per organizers, participants will learn the essential skills that can mean the difference between being a victim or a survivor in the next emergency.
The training schedule and topics will be:
- Class 1, 2/25/16: CERT Introduction.
- Class 2, 3/3/16: Suppress/Utility.
- Class 3, 3/10/16: Disaster Medical I.
- Class 4, 3/17/16: Disaster Medical II.
- Class 5, 3/24/16: Search & Rescue.
- Class 6, 3/31/16: CERT Organization.
- Class 7, 4/7/16: Disaster Psychology.
- Class 8, 4/14/16: Terrorism Awareness and Drill Preparation.
- Saturday, 4/30/16: Drill Day.
To receive CERT’s “Certificate of Completion” participants are required to attend all training classes, as well as the hands-on drill. Arrangements can be made for make-up classes.
Upon completion of the training and drill, participants will receive a certificate, vest and a hard hat imprinted with the CERT logo.
“For Richmond encourages our community members to seize this valuable opportunity to help protect their own safety, as well as that of their families and neighbors, in the event of a disaster,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy. “The Richmond REACT/CERT Program training is not only a valuable resource, but also a crucial component toward keeping our residents safe when facing serious adversity.”