Training to Help in a Disaster Offered in West Metro
It is a set of skills most hope they'll never be called on to use. Three west metro communities are offering to train ordinary citizens to help in a disaster.
The West Metro Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a combined effort of the cities of New Hope and Robbinsdale and West Metro Fire-Rescue.
In March, 22 residents went through training to join CERT. The next course is scheduled for October 5-7.
"The course teaches participants basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations," said a spokesperson for the City of New Hope. "Using the training provided in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members will have the knowledge they need to assist others in the community following a disaster event."
Applications are due September 7th, or when spaces are filled. Training will be held at the West Metro Fire-Rescue District Station 3 (4451 Xylon Avenue North). It's free and open to anyone over the age of 15.
For more information click here, or call the New Hope Police Department at 763-531-5170.