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Calling for emergency response volunteers
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Rockdale County Fire-Rescue is looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area.

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will have to prioritize the use of their response resources. Individual preparedness, as well as the ability to safely and effectively assist others, allows members of the community to care for themselves until more help arrives. FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) began promoting the nationwide use of Community Emergency Response Teams - CERTs - in 1994 as a means to connect the professional response community with the people they serve.

CERT trains individuals 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. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

A CERT informational meeting on Monday, July 21 at 7 pm at the JP Carr Community Center located at 981 Taylor Street Conyers, GA. 30012. The meeting will give an overview of the CERT course, registration, and answer any questions pertaining to the training. Individuals who are already CERT certified are encouraged to attend the meeting as well.

If you have any questions, contact Sharon Webb at (770) 278-8453 or