Whitfield County Emergency Services is looking for volunteers to join its Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.). The next round of training for the CERT team will take place over three daysin December.
C.E.R.T. training is a free training in risk and hazard awareness available to the public in Dalton and Whitfield County through the county's Emergency Services. The course is designed to help citizens protect themselves, their families, and their immediate community in the event of a major situation in their neighborhood.
A release from Whitfield County Emergency Services says that C.E.R.T. is a "positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can and do make a difference". Obviously, citizens will respond to emergency situations even without training, but the goal of the C.E.R.T. program is to "help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger, therefore minimizing ones risk of bodily injury and simply becoming another victim."
C.E.R.T. training will cover disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical operations and first aid, as well as search & rescue.
The schedule for the December 2012 classes is:
- Saturday, December 1 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday, December 2 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday, December 8 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Classes will be held at the Whitfield County Emergency Services Headquarters located at 804 Professional Boulevard. in Dalton. For more information on this program, contact Jeff Ownby or Carla Kelley with Whitfield County Emergency Services at 706-370-4911.
To learn more about the National C.E.R.T. program, click here to visit the national website