CERT class training

Barrow County's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is currently in the middle of training its 22nd class.

The Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) recently started its eight-week basic training classes with 16 students. The classes started July 9 and will end on Aug. 27 with a class emergency response exercise that will allow students to put in to practice all that they have learned.

“This class is not only learning disaster response but they’re having some fun with it,” said CERT public information officer John Sliman in a news release.

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 Barrow County Emergency Services personnel as well as the CERT team members. 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 Sliman.

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

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