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March 29, 2012

Emergency training response offered

WEST NEWBURY — The Northern Essex Regional Emergency Planning Committee (NorthernEssex REPC) is holding a Community Emergency Response Team training class over six weeks starting on Monday, April 9.

The CERT program helps train citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their homes, neighborhoods and communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. CERT is a nationwide initiative. In addition, CERT members are given numerous opportunities to train in a variety of emergency services-related topics and to participate in community events.

In addition to the CERT training, the Northern-EssexREPC is looking for trained CERT volunteers to join the NorthernEssex REPC CERT Team. NorthernEssexREPC committee members are representatives of fire, police, emergency management, public health, schools, industry, hospitals and elected officials in the following cities and towns: Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Ipswich, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

The CERT training consists of 20 hours of instruction over a six-week period.

Classes will be held the West Newbury Public Safety Building Training Room, 401 Main St.

For more information or to register for the upcoming class, visit www.wnema.org or contact: Donald Swenson, director of Amesbury Emergency Management Agency, 978-388-8155, dons@amesburyma.gov; or Lee Ann Delp, director of West Newbury Emergency Management Agency, 978-363-1103, ema@westnewburysafety.org.

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