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The Clallam County Sheriff's Office is offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, a free 20-hour program, over three Saturdays, including instruction in fire suppression, disaster preparedness, terrorism awareness, disaster medical operations (triage), light search-and-rescue, team formation and disaster psychology.
Registration is needed for the Saturday classes set for Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 in the Carlsborg area.
Registrants must complete all three days to graduate.
Following a major disaster, police, fire and medical professionals may not be able to fully meet the demand, and people will have to rely on each other to meet immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from the main roads for a period of time, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The CERT program was developed by federal emergency management experts to provide basic training in safety and life-saving skills for the general public.
Trainers include a nurse practitioner, a retired federal administrator, a fire captain and a retired federal agent who also served as a deputy police chief.
To register for the training and for further information, phone Jamye Wisecup at 360-417-2525.