MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Emergency Management Agency, The Mount Vernon Fire Department and the Knox County CERT team will be hosting a free Community Emergency Response Team training class.

CERT educates people in disaster preparedness for events that may impact their area and provides basic disaster response skills using the training. Members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in projects in their community.

The training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

Training will be held at the Mount Vernon Fire Department, 200 W. Gambier St., from 6-8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

March 14, Disaster Preparedness;

March 21, Fire Safety and Utility Controls;

March 28, Disaster Medical Operations Part I;

April 4, Disaster Medical Operations Part II;

April 11, Light Search and Rescue Operations;

April 18, CERT Organization;

April 25, Disaster Psychology;

May 2, Terrorism and CERT; and

May 9, Final Exam, and Disaster Simulation.

Registration is required and may be done online at

Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.


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