By: Chris Brunner
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs. That is why its so important to have a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained and ready to assist.
The Coral Springs/Parkland Fire Department and Coral Springs/Parkland CERT are offering free disaster preparedness training for Coral Springs and Parkland Residents. CERT is made up of residents, who are specially trained in emergency response procedures. Those taking part in the free 25-hour CERT training course receive training in disaster preparedness, basic fire suppression, medical treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions, search-and-rescue techniques, and coping with post-disaster stress. CERT volunteers are called upon to help the community during many types of events. No previous experience or training is necessary. Interested participants must be at least 16 years old.
The next CERT training class begins May 14th, 2016. Interested residents should visit Coral Springs Cert or call 954-346-1396 and register before May 6th.