2018-07-11 / Front Page

Millen-Jenkins County “CERT” training completed

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


Shown during the training program for members of Millen-Jenkins County’s first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), from left, are, first row: victims, Tara Sasser, Wally Sasser Jr. and Michelle Dickey; and second row: CERT team members, Jay Reppert, Eddie Dickey, Wally Sasser Sr., Debra Perryman, Jacob Jenkins, Joshua Arnold and Alvin Burke, Instructor. (Photo contributed) Shown during the training program for members of Millen-Jenkins County’s first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), from left, are, first row: victims, Tara Sasser, Wally Sasser Jr. and Michelle Dickey; and second row: CERT team members, Jay Reppert, Eddie Dickey, Wally Sasser Sr., Debra Perryman, Jacob Jenkins, Joshua Arnold and Alvin Burke, Instructor. (Photo contributed) Alvin Burke, instructor, recently announced that Millen Jenkins County has begun a new program for the community. The Community Emergency Response Team “CERT” completed training July 1st.

The course consisted of training in Responder Safety, Search and Rescue Procedures, Medical Treatment and Evacuation, Fire Safety, and Terrorism Response. Course completion included all natural and man-made disaster situations. The CERT members were put through exercises and testing on all issues from saving lives to dealing with physiological stress.

CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during nonemergency events as well.

FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members learn how to safely respond to manmade and natural hazards, help organize basic disaster response and promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events.

The Millen-Jenkins County CERT was the first FEMA Citizen

Corps team registered within the area, and Mr. Burke extends “Congratulations” to the Millen-Jenkins County CERT-1.

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