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Free emergency preparedness training available in Newfane

by jmaloni
Sat, Dec 18th 2010 01:10 pm

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.

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