People from all walks of life and groups are invited to enroll in the O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] program to learn disaster preparedness skills. You do not have to be an O’Fallon resident to take the free, 20-hour training, which will be taught March 4-6. Topics include:
• Assembling a disaster preparedness kit and learning when and how to shut off utilities at home
• Hands-on basic head-to-toe medical assessment, diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock with simple triage and rapid treatment techniques, basic first aid for injuries, burns, etc.
• Working as a team to safely conduct triage, light search and rescue, sizing up and extinguishing small fires and maintaining rescuer safety
• Communicating effectively with public safety organizations during a disaster
CERT training will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, March 4; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, in the Public Works Building, 1089 Public Service Drive in O’Fallon. Graduates will be invited to learn more and practice their skills at free monthly training and exercises.
For questions, course details, videos of CERT teams in training and applications for the March 2016 session, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/PD/cert.