2006 CERT Training Starts January 19th for Group 7

"Since January 2004, we have conducted six training sessions and now have a total of 135 citizens who are certified members of the “Columbia County Community Emergency Response Team.” We are very grateful to all of these citizens for donating their time and skills to make our community safer.

The CERT program includes training in disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations (such as triage, treating life threatening injuries, assessment, treatment and hygiene), light urban search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology and a disaster simulation exercise.

Seasoned instructors from the Emergency Management Agency, Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, Gold Cross EMS, Grovetown Department of Public Safety, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Augusta Chapter of the American Red Cross volunteer their time to conduct the training.

When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, (who can easily become overwhelmed in major events), provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members are also called upon to assist other counties and states during major disasters.

CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community, such as making public presentations, assisting with public safety awareness events, and assisting with community disaster exercises.

The CERT training program is provided to Columbia County citizens who are 18 years or older at no cost. This program is 100% funded by Homeland Security Grant funds.

Below are the schedules for our next two CERT training sessions. The January class is full, but there are still eight spaces available in the March class.

Sign up now to reserve a seat by calling the Emergency Services office at 868-3303 or email Pam Tucker for more information. Also, you can visit the Columbia County Website at www.columbiacountyga.gov ."

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