CERT training available to local residents
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 email@example.com.
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.