Community Emergency Response Team Recruiting New Members
Citizens are encouraged to sign up for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings, which will take place September 14 through October 8. Classes will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Dannels Fire Station, located at 901 North Saint Vrain Ave. The series is free; space is limited to 20 individuals. For more information or to sign up, please contact Amanda Nagl, Community Services Manager for the Estes Park Police Department, at 970-577-3822. Once the series is filled to capacity, a wait list will be established for 2010 CERT training.
CERT is a local effort to teach Estes Valley citizens how to care for themselves and their neighbors when Emergency Response services are not available. Topics include general disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations, incident command and disaster psychology. A practical drill will be held during class time on October 5. Past training has been offered by emergency response service professionals from the Estes Park Police Department, the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department, Estes Park Ambulance, Rocky Mountain National Park and Larimer County Search and Rescue. CERT training was first offered last fall and will now be offered twice yearly with quarterly continuing education.
CERT is a program of Citizen Corp, a national organization designed to make communities stronger by educating and training its members in areas such as public health and disaster/terrorism response. Funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the mission of Citizen Corp is accomplished through a network of state, local and tribal Citizen Corp Councils. Estes Park is part of the Larimer County Citizen Corps Council, which was introduced through the “B Ready” Campaign in 2007. The “yellow reminder,” B Ready was hosted by local residents, organizations and businesses to remind citizens to prepare for disaster by preparing emergency survival kits.
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