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Emergency response training offered in O’Fallon

The O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] training takes place from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4.

The class is free to attend, open to residents and non-residents and covers, among other topics:

• Assembling a disaster preparedness kit

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

• Working as a team to conduct triage, light search and rescue, and extinguishing small fires

“If you should ever have a home emergency such as a fire or should our community be impacted by a tornado, flooding or earthquake, the information we teach will be extremely helpful,” said Officer Patrick Helton, who is leading the program. “In addition, in the event of an area-wide disaster, CERT training can help people take care of themselves immediately and stay calm until professional help arrives.”

The course will be taught at the O’Fallon Streets Department Building, 1089 Public Works Drive. For information and applications, visit ofallon.mo.us/PD/cert, email phelton@ofallon.mo.us or call (636) 379-3816.

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