LINCOLN PARK —Wayne County residents are invited to register for upcoming CERT training, which begins July 7, 2015, provided by Lincoln Park’s Community Emergency Response Team. The training is designed to provide basic training in disaster preparedness, which increases the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance arrives. Courses include; CERT Introduction, Fire and Life Safety, Medical, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, Psychology, and Terrorism.
Evening training will take place July 7 and the two all-day sessions will be July 11 and July 18. All sessions will be at the Community Policing Building, 1394 Cleophus Ave, Lincoln Park.
Currently at 32 people, Lincoln Park’s CERT group comprises area residents trained to assist professional responders. “We want to train another group of people who are able to respond in a disaster situation,” said Michael Parr, Coordinator for LPCERT. “… In a disaster, professional responders will not be able to respond to basic issues in the event of a major disaster.”
Day one will go over disaster preparedness and fire safety, day two will be light search and rescue, and the final day will cover setting up for medical operations during a major disaster.
Parr said the third day will include a hands-on exam for volunteers.
“The hands-on exam is their one chance to put everything together to see what they can do,” Parr said.
Those interested in joining need not be from Lincoln Park. Parr said the only requirements are people need to be residents of Wayne County and pass a background check. However, while Lincoln Park CERT doesn’t deny anyone, there are several groups in the area and people may be referred to the nearest one to their house. There also are CERT groups in Dearborn, Huron Township, Taylor and other communities.