2010-02-20 / News

Community emergency training available

HEBRON – Training begins March 17 for residents interested in becoming a volunteer with their local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Volunteers learn how to provide aid in the event of a disaster until emergency service personnel arrive on the scene.

The free training takes place in eight sessions every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion on Water Street in Hebron, for a total of 20 hours of training. It begins March 17 and ends May 5. A maximum of 20 students may enroll in the course, with preference given to Hebron residents.

Lori Lee Dixon of Licking County CERT said there are already 69 CERT volunteers in the county, who have recently helped with community needs like flu vaccine clinics.

“We have high quality volunteers,” Dixon said. “We want pockets of CERTs through the county.”

Training will take place simultaneously in Johnstown and Newark.

Participants specifically learn how to identify and anticipate hazards, reduce fire hazards, extinguish small fires, assist emergency responders, conduct light search and rescue, set up medical treatment areas, apply basic medical techniques and help reduce survivor stress.

To register for the training or to get more information, contact Dixon at 740-670-5575 or email LCEOC@Lcounty.com

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