Often times in a major disaster, there are not enough emergency personnel to attend to each victim of the disaster. Victims of the disaster may not be able to receive the attention they need for hours after the initial disaster. For this reason, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began implementing Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) throughout the United States. After completing a course of study outlined by FEMA, the CERT members are able to assist emergency personnel when a disaster strikes a community therefore more people are able to receive medical attention with the help from CERT members.
The Ellisville Police Department along with the Metro West Fire Protection District, will be offering free CERT training in an effort to train volunteers to aide in emergency situations in the Metro West area and to create a partnership between emergency personnel and citizens of the area.
The CERT training will help to better prepare our community in emergency situations. Following a major disaster, emergency services can become delayed or overwhelmed due to the demand for emergency services. In this case, CERT members can assist victims by applying the basic response skills learned through the CERT training. Applying the skills learned in training, more victims will be assisted and members of CERT can help save and sustain lives until emergency personnel arrive.
The hands-on training requires 20 hours to become certified and all applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply.This 20-hour course covers disaster preparedness, first aid and triage, fire suppression, search and rescue, and more.
The Metro West Fire Protection District will be hosting free training open to the community for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training beginning November 5th.