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Learn disaster preparedness skills at O’Fallon’s free CERT training March 2 – 4

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The O’Fallon Police Department is offering the opportunity to learn disaster preparedness skills through Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The free 20-hour course will be taught over one weekend: Friday, March 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 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

“If you should ever have a home emergency such as a fire or should our community be impacted by a tornado, flooding or earthquake, the information we teach will be extremely helpful,” said Police Officer Patrick Helton, who is leading the program. “In addition, in the event of an area-wide disaster, CERT training can help people take care of themselves immediately and stay calm until professional help arrives.”

The course will be taught at the O’Fallon Streets Department Building, 1089 Public Works Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63366.

For FAQS, course details, videos of CERT teams in training and applications for the March 2018 session, visit You do not need to be a resident to take the course. For additional questions contact Police Officer Helton at or 636-379-3816.


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