Everyone know that I am involved in a lot of different things, but I want to tell you about one I am very proud to be a part of. I am involved with the Community Emergency Response Team in Pittslyvania County. This prepares anyone to be ready for a natural disaster by giving you some training to prepare you to take care of you and your family in a natural disaster. You will be given First Aid training, Fire Extinguisher training, Response Training, triage training and much more. I am including a letter from Jim Davis on the matter and a link to download the application forms.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST??
JUST YOUR TIME!!
You will have to attend one night a week at one of the county middle schools for 8 weeks. Please read the attached letter and consider taking the course. You do not have to commit to anything or feel you are obligated to do anything. You will only be increasing your knowledge and ability to help in the time of need.
Click >>HERE<< to download Registration Form.
From Jim Davis, ENP, Coordinator Emergency Management & Communications
February 19, 2009
Pittsylvania County Department of Emergency Management is taking applications for the Spring CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) Class. Registrations are being taken online at http://www.pittcert.org. Pittsylvania county is seeking to train 100 additional citizens. Classes will be taught at four regions of the county. Further information may be obtained at (434) 432-7920.
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, if a community wants to supplement its response capability after a disaster, civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood, business, and government teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders. These groups can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster.
CERT training through the Pittsylvania County CERT program is FREE to all county residents. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue operations. Classes are taught by Virginia State Certified Instructors representing, Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Each training session is two-four hours in length, offered several times a week for eight weeks at different locations. Those who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of completion, and invited to join the County's Emergency Response Team.
Pittsylvania County is seeking applicants at least 18 years of age. Additionally, we are looking for individuals from Churches, and neighborhood watch organizations to take this class. When you register be sure and have another person register to take the class with you. Pittsylvania County has trained over 260 residents since September 2003. Come join us and help your County and your neighborhood be prepared.