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The North Haven Community Emergency Response Team began its free training classes at the Northeast Fire Department Tuesday, Jan.14. Although the session is underway, there is still time for residents to sign on.
The full announcement for the program is available on the CERT Facebook page along with additional information from member Cindy Snow, including a link to an application form. She urged interested individuals to get their applications in ASAP.
So far, CERT has about a dozen people signed up for the course. CERT team leader Lou Coppola said the organization will continue to accept applications for the classes up to two weeks into the course. The program runs between eight to 10 weeks, with each class about two hours.
“They learn about the CERT program and basic disaster situations so that when things get bad people can protect themselves, help neighbors and protect the community,” Coppola said.
The organization says it wants to start the year being “proactive, not reactive to emergency situations.”
Specifically the program will cover weather related disasters, the basic mechanics of a home – such as how to find and operate a breaker panel and how to shut off water – fire safety, disaster medical operations and more.
In addition to training in disaster relief and protocol, a significant portion of CERT volunteers’ operations consist of community aid and outreach.
“North Haven does the concerts on the green, so we go there and we are there as a presence so that if people need assistance we have cooling stations and water, that sort of thing,” Coppola said.
For more information, email Cindy Snow at email@example.com.