Friday, March 8, 2013

BCERT Training Class



Bridgewater Community Emergency Response Team (BCERT ), a program sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a part of the Town of Bridgewater’s Emergency Management Agency, is training community based volunteers who can serve during local or regional emergencies, such as the recent blizzard, and assist with public health and safety needs. Emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately in a natural or manmade disaster. Through BCERT, Bridgewater residents can make a difference by using their CERT training to save family, friends, and neighbors, protect property and provide immediate assistance to victims until help arrives.

A CERT Informational Session is scheduled for Monday, March 25th at 6:30 P.M. in the community room located in the lower level of the Bridgewater Police Department. The presentation is approximately one hour and provides an overview of CERT including an introduction to the training curriculum and instructors. The discussion will also brief attendees on how becoming a BCERT volunteer provides an opportunity for residents to assist in our community’s overall safety and disaster preparedness efforts. Attendance at the Informational Session is encouraged but not mandatory in order to register for the upcoming Training Session.

The next BCERT Training Session will be held Monday evenings beginning April 1, 2013 from 6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Volunteers will be required to attend an 11 week series of training classes covering topics such as Disaster Preparedness, First Aid, Fire Safety. Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, CPR certification and Disaster Psychology. Through lecture, discussion and interactive classroom participation, residents will gain the basic skills necessary to help themselves, their family, and neighbors during a time of crisis.

Completion of the classes is required to be certified as a Bridgewater Community Response Team Member. Additional training, refresher courses, continuing education and simulated exercises will be offered on a quarterly basis to BCERT members to expand their knowledge and sharpen skills.

BCERT Training is offered at no cost. Participants must be residents of Bridgewater and at least 18 years of age. A CORI background check will be conducted by the Town of Bridgewater on all BCERT members prior to participating in any response activities.

For more information or to sign up for the BCERT Information Session or to register for the BCERT Training Classes, please send an e-mail of interest to:BridgewaterCERT@gmail.com or contact John Mitchell at 617-212-8279 or Jenn Fallon at 508-245-5749 and provide your name, telephone number and e-mail address.

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