People from all walks of life are encouraged to learn disaster preparedness skills through the O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. You do not have to be an O’Fallon resident to take the free, 20-hour course, which will be taught on March 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and March 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Training will cover these topics and more:
- Assembling a disaster preparedness kit
- Hands-on basic medical assessment and treatment for injuries, burns, etc.
- Working as a team to conduct triage, light search and rescue and extinguishing small fires
“CERT training is extremely valuable,” said Police Officer Patrick Helton, who is leading the program. “If we have a tornado or an earthquake or other catastrophic event, first responders are likely to be overwhelmed by the number of people who need help. CERT training can help people take care of themselves until professional help arrives.”
For FAQS, course details, videos of CERT teams in training and applications for the March 2017 session, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/PD/cert. For additional questions contact Police Officer Helton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-379-3816.