Bristol to offer Citizens Emergency Response Training

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The Bristol Fire and Rescue Department will hold a Citizens Emergency Response Training (CERT) for residents who are willing and able to assist first responders in the event of an emergency.

The nine week training will run from April 9 through June 4, meeting each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the training room at fire headquarters on Annawamscutt Road.

Leading the program will be Cortney Lancaster, a member of the fire and rescue department, who will cover topics such as disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical operations (triage), light search and rescue, incident command systems, disaster psychology and terrorism.

In the event of a disaster or emergency, how the town responds will impact the severity of the crisis.

“We need volunteers who are trained appropriately,” Ms. Lancaster said.

The training is supported by FEMA who provides assistance with funding. There is no charge to enroll in the training. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and a CERT tool kit.

For more information or to enroll in the class, contact Cortney Lancaster at 253-6912 by Friday, April 5. Seating is limited.

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