In an effort to educate residents about disaster preparedness, the Meramec Valley Citizen Corps Council will offer free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive.
The eight-week course (EMSS:715 Community Emergency Response Team Training) will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30-10 p.m. on Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28, and Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. The program concludes on Oct. 28 when participants have the opportunity to put their training to the test during a real-life tornado simulation.
According to Michael Thiemann, coordinator of emergency management and public information officer at Metro West Fire Protection District, the program is designed to equip residents with the skills needed to respond safely, responsibly and effectively during emergency situations.
“In most emergencies, a victim or bystander provides the first, immediate assistance at the scene,” Thiemann said. “Utilizing training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members will be better able to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a crisis in their community.”
The program, which is the first-ever offering at STLCC-Wildwood, will be taught by local emergency responders from various police and fire agencies within the Meramec Valley Citizen Corps Council. In addition to learning about emergency preparedness, participants will receive training in basic response skills such as fire safety, team organization, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.
Upon completion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to join a local St. Louis Area CERT program to continue to support and help in times where volunteers are needed.
While the course is free, registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants.
For more information, call 314-984-7777.