Lower Shore county offers free CERT training

Feb 19, 2018

Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) is offering the public a free, 8-session Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course in Newark this spring. CERT is open to teens and adults and will take place at the Fire Training Center, on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. from March 20 through April 14, 2018. Cardiopulmonary Response (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator training will take place during the March 27 CERT session.

“CERT equips participants to assist family members and neighbors during an emergency until fire and rescue personnel arrive,” WCES Emergency Planner Tom Kane said. “WCES encourages all residents to develop emergency plans, to be prepared to respond before, during, and immediately after a natural or manmade disaster strikes.”

Other CERT sessions will cover how to prepare and respond to natural disasters common to Worcester County as well as manmade disasters, fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue procedures, disaster psychology, team organization, and terrorism awareness. Participants will practice the skills they learn throughout the course.

Those who successfully complete the training will receive CPR and First Aid certification through the American Heart Association, and interested participants may qualify to become part of the Worcester County CERT team.

Instructors will provide information on hazards typical to Worcester County, hazardous materials in the home and the National Incident Management System. Instruction is geared to help residents better prepare and survive during the first 36 to 72 hours after a catastrophic event when local first responder resources are stretched to their limits.

The CERT program was developed by the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985 and has since become the national model used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for other communities throughout the country. 

Space is limited to 20 individuals and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information and registration are available by contacting Tom Kane at 410-632-3080 or tkane@co.worcester.md.us