Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University will host a free CERT training course beginning on Jan. 11, 2011, at the Newfane Community Center, 2737 Main St., in Newfane. Community Emergency Response Team training is a community preparedness course that includes both academic and hands-on instruction.
The classes will run eight consecutive Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and culminate in a disaster simulation on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CERT training prepares the participant to provide assistance, for themselves, family members and neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. CERT training topics include:
•Disaster preparedness: Disasters and disaster workers, community preparedness.
•Emergency medical operations I: Triage and treating life-threatening injuries.
•Emergency medical operations II: Public health considerations and patient treatment.
•Fire safety: fire chemistry, hazards, safety, and suppression.
•Light search and rescue: search and rescue size up and operations.
•CERT team organization and incident command system (ICS 100).
•Disaster psychology: Impact of disaster on rescuers and victims and its mitigation.
•Terrorism and CERT: Terrorism and its goals, CERT protocols for terrorism.
•Disaster simulation training exercise: Course review and hands-on exercise.
Participants must be at least 16 years old and plan to attend all sessions.
For more information or to enroll, contact Valerie Haseley, Niagara County project coordinator, at 286-8023. To register online, visit www.niagara.edu/bcs-enrollment.