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January 03. 2014 12:41AM

Nashua residents sought to participate in emergency response training

NASHUA — Residents are being encouraged to participate in a free, volunteer training program being offered by the Nashua Office of Emergency Management to help expand the city’s resources in the event of a major emergency or catastrophe.

Last year, the Community Emergency Response Team was first created, and more participants are needed in the new year.

“Part of being prepared means having an emergency kit, making a plan and staying informed,” said Justin Kates, director of Nashua’s Office of Emergency Management. “The Community Emergency Response Team training will teach you all of that and more.”

Throughout the free emergency preparedness training, participants will learn how to provide basic medical aid, search and rescue victims safely, manage utilities and put out small fires, effectively assist their families and community in an emergency and prepare for natural or manmade disasters.

The Community Emergency Response Team program is an all-risk, all-hazard training, with participants receiving national certification as a CERT member upon completion.

The course will cover terrorism awareness, fire safety, disaster first aid, an introduction to incident command and teaching by emergency response professionals with a mix of classroom and hands on activities.

“I have always been interested in medicine,” said Janet Hicks, a CERT member who was recently trained. “The CERT course was very well done, very thorough. I am 74 years old and I was very impressed with the amount of information I learned.”

Hicks said she is already looking forward to the next course.The upcoming class will take place Jan. 17, 18 and 19 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock campus in Nashua. The course is designed for all members of the community. To sign up for the course, go to nashuanh.gov/CERT, or call 589-3260. Organizers are encouraging early registration. More classes will be scheduled in the future, and a waiting list will be created if necessary.

khoughton@newstote.com


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