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New CERT Classes Begin Monday
New CERT Classes Begin Monday

   Residents of the Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and Kenmore are invited to sign up for a free series of classes that teaches emergency preparedness skills and how to deal with natural or manmade disasters.

   The Town of Tonawanda Community Emergency Response Team will hold its next nine-week training session beginning Monday, Sept. 9. The group will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and on two Saturdays at the Timothy Goff Public Safety Training Center, Fire Tower Road off of Two Mile Creek Road in the town.

   Topics will include:

  • Disaster Preparedness: Disasters & Disaster Workers, Community Preparedness.
  • Fire Safety: Fire Chemistry, Fire Hazards, Fire Safety, & Fire Suppression.
  • Light Search and Rescue: Search & Rescue Size-up and Operations.
  • Emergency Medical Operations I & II: Triage & Treating Life Threatening Injuries.
  • Disaster Psychology: Impact of Disaster on Rescuers & Victims and Its Mitigation.
  • Terrorism & CERT: Terrorism & its Goals; CERT Protocols for Terrorism Incidents.
  • Disaster Simulation Training Exercise: Course Review & Hands-on Exercise.
  • FEMA IS 100: Incident Command System introduction.

   CERT classes also train residents to help themselves and their neighbors when first responders and other resources are spread thin.

   “Remember the ‘October Surprise’ storm?” asks Robert Lutz, emergency services and CERT coordinator for the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. “CERT training greatly enhances individual and community readiness during natural or manmade disasters and emergencies.”

   Classes includes academic and hands-on instruction followed by a disaster simulation training exercise.

   Participants must be at least 18 years old (16 with parent approval) and attend all nine sessions. To register, contact Lutz at 879-6685 or rlutz@tonawanda.ny.us.


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