CERT train­ing avail­able to lo­cal res­i­dents

The Kent Island Bay Times - - School - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Com­mu­nity Emer­gency Re­sponse Team train­ing has been go­ing on this sum­mer, ed­u­cat­ing vol­un­teers from the com­mu­nity on dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness and ba­sic dis­as­ter re­sponse skills. This has been done through Queen Anne’s County Emer­gency Ser­vices in­struc­tor Joseph Ci­chocki.

Ci­chocki has held two classes in Cen­tre­ville and one on Kent Is­land this sum­mer. The next cer­ti­fi­ca­tion class for vol­un­teers will be­gin Tues­day, Sept. 18, in Sudlersville.

CERT mem­bers are taught based on na­tion­ally rec­og­nized guide­lines and the ma­te­rial is adapted to con­form to the haz­ards that could be faced within Queen Anne’s County. Ba­sic re­sponse skills rang­ing from fire safety and light search and res­cue to dis­as­ter psy­chol­ogy and how peo­ple typ­i­cally re­act when dis­as­ters strike. In a dis­as­ter, when emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel could be de­layed in re­sponse, CERT mem­bers be­come the first to re­spond.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers through­out QA County want to help, how­ever, some­times, due to lack of train­ing, the help­ing has the po­ten­tial to do more harm than good. CERT mem­bers are taught dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness, fire sup­pres­sion, ba­sic med­i­cal op­er­a­tions and much more. The train­ing is spread over seven days, two to three hours each day, usu­ally in the evening.

Once the CERT mem­bers com­plete the train­ing, mem­bers are given a back­pack with ba­sic tools nec­es­sary to re­spond in a dis­as­ter. They also have the op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer dur­ing nu­mer­ous train­ing events through­out the year to strengthen their train­ing.

Any­one in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing should con­tact Ci­chocki at 410-758-4500, ex­ten­sion 1119, or via email at jci­chocki@qac.org.


Grad­u­ates of the CERT (Com­mu­nity Emer­gency Re­sponse Team) pro­gram grad­u­ates, shown Fri­day evening, Aug. 3, in Cen­tre­ville, from the left, Brooks Bosley, Aly­cia Mc­gary, Ab­bie Hardy, Dawn Fur­lough, Elena But­ler, Dot­tie Sko­cic, El­iz­a­beth Janega, Linda But­ler, Margie Pendle­ton, Dale But­ler, Holly Rip­pel, John Bow­ers, Amanda Lea­ger, Ama­bel Lan­den, and James Lan­den. Kneel­ing, in the cen­ter, wear­ing a cape, their in­struc­tor Joe Ci­chocki, from Queen Anne’s County Emer­gency Ser­vices. The next class will be held in Sudlersville, be­gin­ning Septem­ber 18. Call 410-758-4500, ex­ten­sion 1119, for in­for­ma­tion.

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