22nd CERT graduating class

Pictured is the 22nd Barrow County CERT graduated class. From left to right are front row: Jacob Bailey, Joshua Bailey, Tal Broome, Noah Cunningham, Joshua Cunningham, Albert Davis, Paul Davis, Alex Dorr. Back row: Devin Gallagher, Stephen Greenewald, Benjamin Greer, Matthew Keister, Christopher Mahoney, Christopher Strevel, David Ray.

The Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) started its eight-week basic training classes July 9 with 15 students wanting to learn effective disaster response.

On Aug. 27, the classes ended with a disaster emergency response exercise that allowed the students to utilize what they had learned over the eight weeks. Some of the new graduates will also have opportunities offered to them in areas such as to be trained and certified for chainsaw emergency responses, Stop the Bleed and CPR.

The CERT program starts by teaching citizens how to prepare and respond to possible disasters that may affect Barrow County. The CERT classes teach students in areas such as disaster preparedness, search and rescue, medical operations and many other subjects. It is taught by CERT team training members and Barrow County Emergency Services personnel. It teaches students how to first take care of themselves and their families then help their neighbors if a disaster hits.

"After graduating, students can join the CERT team in Barrow County. CERT volunteers work special events and occasionally work with local public safety agencies,” said John Sliman, CERT public information officer, in a news release.

If you would like more information about the CERT program in Barrow County, contact Penny Clack at pclack@barrowga.org or by phone at 770-307-2987.

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