Tonawanda News — The newest round of Community Emergency Response Team training in the Town of Tonawanda will kick off Monday.
The program, designed to prepare people for both individual and community readiness during natural or manmade disasters and emergencies, is seeking residents to take part in the training, both hands-on and in a classroom setting.
“We have recently worked with the City of Tonawanda Emergency Management team and are looking for more citizens from the City of Tonawanda for the training class,” said Robert Lutz, a town paramedic and CERT coordinator. “We continue to remain an active part of preparedness and safety planning in the Town of Tonawanda. The group was recently recognized by the town supervisor for the service the group provided assisting at the July 5 fireworks community event.”
More than 400 people have been trained through the program since it begin in 2004. The FEMA-approved program educates trainees about community hazards, including natural disasters and terrorism risks, and prepares them for functions including fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, automated external defibrillator use, extinguishing small fires, utilities control, donations management, treating injuries, community relations, debris removal, special needs concerns, CPR skills, advanced first aid and shelter management.
Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and two Saturdays at the Timothy Goff Public Safety Training Center on Fire Tower Road off Two Mile Creek Road in the town. Participants must be at least 18 years old (or 16 years old with parent approval) and attend all nine sessions.
To register, visit www.tonawanda.ny.us, click on “emergency services” and “CERT” and use the link at the bottom of the page, email Lutz at email@example.com or call 879-6685.