York County to offer crash course in disaster response

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image001For those looking to train for worst case scenarios, the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety is now accepting applications for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course, scheduled to begin on Thursday, Sept. 15.

According to a county news release, the free program is available to York County residents ages 18 and up, and is intended to train residents to have the necessary skills to assist their neighbors and family during a major emergency or disaster.

The topics covered in the program include: CERT organization and expectations, disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, neighborhood fire station tour, and practical training and exercise, the release stated.

York County residents interested in participating in the CERT Training Program must commit to attending eight weeks of Thursday night classes, beginning Sept. 15. Students must also attend one Saturday session on Nov. 5, for a final course exercise and graduation.

Pre-registration is preferred by Sept. 7. Classes will be held at the county’s Public Safety Building, 301 Goodwin Neck Road, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information on CERT and to obtain CERT registration information, call the Department of Fire and Life Safety at 890-3600 Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the website at www.yorkcounty.gov/fire.