Citizens Get Crash Course In Emergency Response

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

Ordinary citizens are ready to grab their gear and help in case of a large-scale disaster.

"In the event things happen, somebody needs to be trained," says Debbie Trueblood, a moderator on "Somebody needs to be able to be looked at to say, what do we do?"

Community Emergency Response Team training gives citizens the opportunity to learn things from basic triage to how to handle hazardous material situations.

CERT trainer for the Houston County EMA, Densie Williams, says the class consists 20 hours of classroom learning.

Anyone can take the training course. Earlier this year, some students from Enterprise High School took part.

"They told us right after the class was over, if they had the knowledge then that they had after the class they could have helped more victims and not been victims themselves," Densie Williams said Tuesday.

Trainees say they hope to be prepared if and when their new knowledge and skills are needed. They seem to be well aware of their purpose.

"Keep yourself safe number one," Trueblood says. "Then look to your family and make sure your family is safe. After that look to your neighbors, and look to your neighborhood."

Next week the trainees will work through an outdoor simulated disaster.

If you would like to sign up, or want more information on Community Emergency Response Team training, call Houston County EMA at 794-9720.

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