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Emergency response training offered 

O’Fallon area residents, employees and those interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to enroll in the O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn disaster preparedness skills. The free, 20-hour training program, which is available to groups as well as individuals, will be taught Sept. 25-27 and will cover the following topics:

• Assembling a disaster preparedness kit.

• Hands-on basic medical assessment and treatment for injuries, burns, etc.

• Working as a team to safely conduct triage, light search and rescue and extinguish small fires.

• Communicating effectively with public safety organizations during a disaster.

The upcoming CERT course will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Public Works Building at 1089 Public Service Drive in O’Fallon. Graduates will be invited to learn more and practice their skills at free monthly training exercises. To register, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/PD/cert or contact Officer Helton at phelton@ofallon.mo.us or (636) 379-3816.

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