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CERTResidents of York County interested in learning emergency preparedness skills can now register for the Department of Fire and Life Safety’s Community Emergency Response Team training course.

The CERT model is used throughout the country but has been adapted specifically for the needs of York County residents who wish to learn how to serve their community in the case of a natural or man-made disaster.

The program uses a mixture of presentations, discussions and practical experiences to teach citizens critical skills and abilities for helping their families, friends and neighbors be better prepared for emergencies.

Topics covered in the course include disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, disaster psychology and terrorism.

The course will take place at the Public Safety Building on Goodwin Neck Road. It begins Sept. 16 and takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday nights until Nov. 14. Additionally, two Saturday morning sessions will be required for practical skills training and the final evaluation.

The CERT program is free and open to residents of York County. The deadline for registration is Sept. 11. To register or find out more information, click here.