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Community Emergency Response class starts Feb. 6

Post Date:01/02/2018

Applications are now being accepted from Keller and Keller ISD citizens interested in joining the city’s Community Emergency Response Team. The next training course kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 6.

A product of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Through training, CERT members learn to manage utilities and put out small fires; open airways, control bleeding and treat people for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and other volunteers to be effective in a disaster situation until professional first-responders make it to the scene.

In Keller, CERT members also assist in improving the community’s preparedness, in maintaining and staffing the Keller Fire-Rescue Rehab unit during major incidents, and by participating in Skywarn training each fall.

Starting Feb. 6, this year's CERT course runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. along 10 Tuesdays at Keller Town Hall or one of the city’s fire stations. The course is free, but applicants (limited to a class of 20) must be 18 or older and living or working within the City of Keller or Keller ISD limits. Applications are due Jan. 30. For more information and to register for the next class, visit www.kellercert.org or call 817-743-4400.