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Emergency Response Team Free Training






Fincastle—The Roanoke Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is conducting free training in February and March on disaster preparedness and response.  This program educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Citizens who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace, and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site.

CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community.  CERTs have also been used to distribute and/or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in the home of elderly, distribute disaster education material, provide services at special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and more.



The class schedule is as follows:


Wednesday, February 19th - 6:00PM - 9:30PM

Topic:  Introduction and Preparedness


Saturday, February 22nd – 8:00AM - 4:00 PM

Topic:  Fire Safety/Disaster Medical 1/Disaster Psychology


Wednesday, February 26th – 6:00PM – 9:30PM

Topic:  Disaster Medical Operations 2


Friday, February 28th – 6:00PM - 9:30PM

Topic:  Terrorism


Wednesday, March 5th - 6:00PM - 9:30PM

Topic:  Meet Emergency Manager/CERT Organization


Friday, March 7th - 6:00PM - 9:30PM

Topic:  Search-Rescue/Review


Wednesday, March 12th - 6:00PM - 9:30PM

Topic:  CPR


Friday, March 14th - 6:00PM - 9:30PM

Topic:  Final Drill and Graduation



These training sessions will be held at the Roanoke Lifesaving Crew’s facility located at 374 Day Avenue, SW, in Roanoke.  Each participant must bring a 1 1/2 inch, 3-ring binder with notebook paper, a pen, and a pencil.




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For more information, contact

Contact: David Firestone, Division Chief of Emergency & Support Services
Botetourt County Department of Emergency Services (540) 473-2098

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