DeKalb to offer free emergency response training classes to county residents

August 25, 20172min700
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DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) is hosting two free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training classes.

The first nine-week class begins on Sept. 5 and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7–9:30 p.m. at DeKalb Fire Rescue Headquarters, 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker.
A second nine-week CERT class for the deaf and hearing-impaired, with certified American Sign Language interpreters, will begin on Sept. 7 and will be held on Thursday evenings from 7–9:30 p.m. at DeKalb Fire Rescue Headquarters.

Participants will learn what to do before, during and after a disaster occurs. The training will also teach citizens to care for family members and neighbors.

Course topics include:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Basic fire suppression
  • Medical operations
  • Light search and rescue operations
  • Disaster psychology
  • Team organization and terrorism
  • Autism awareness

The workshop is free for DeKalb County citizens, and all participants must pass a background check. For more information or to register, contact Emergency Management Specialist Thomas Paige at tpaige@dekalbcountyga.gov or 678-406-7858.

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