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C.E.R.T. Class of 2006

A CERT training course will begin on September 23, 2006. People who complete the course will be eligible to apply to be a member of the Hillsborough Community Emergency Response Team. For further information, send an e-mail to CERT@HillsboroughEMS.com. Include your name, address and both daytime and evening phone numbers.

Training Sessions will include:

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during, and after a disaster. As the session progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers. Since they will want to help their family members and neighbors, this training can help them operate in a safe and appropriate manner. The CERT concept and organization are discussed as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.

DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION: Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities, and extinguishing a small fire.

DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.

DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.

CPR and AED: Participants will learn how to perform CPR, how to use an automated external defibrillator and how to relieve a foreign body airway obstruction.

LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and most important, rescuer safety.

TEAM ORGANIZATION: Participants will learn about CERT history and functions and how CERT efforts fit into the Incident Command System. CERT documentation requirements are discussed.

DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY: Participants will develop an understanding of the disaster and post-disaster emotional environment including signs and symptoms that might be experienced by disaster victims and workers.

TERRORISM and CERT: Participants will learn the acronym B-NICE (biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical and explosive) as a way of remembering categories of weapons that could be used in a terrorist attack. CERT protocols emphasizing team safety will be covered. Also addressed will be shelter-in-place and emergency decontamination procedures.

COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION: Participants review their answers from a take home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in disaster activity.

Sessions will require physical ability such as working on hands and knees, bending, standing and lifting. People who have physical conditions that might prevent these activities should contact the program coordinator for further information.