Updated: October 1, 2014 6:02AM
The New Lenox Police Department will host a weekly training course beginning Sept. 11 for its Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT.
The 20-hour basic course is free to New Lenox residents and will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the police department, 701 W. Haven Ave.
The graduation ceremony will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25.
The CERT program trains people in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Once trained, CERT members will be able to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
They also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
CERT training will teach participants to:
Describe hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities.
Know the function of the CERT and their roles in immediate response.
Prepare themselves for a disaster.
Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces.
Apply basic fire suppression strategies,
Apply first aid techniques
Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
Perform head-to-toe assessments.
Select and set-up a treatment area.
Use basic treatments for various wounds.
Plan and assess requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
Know the most common techniques for searching a structure.
To register, contact Public Safety Division Chief Daniel Martin at the New Lenox Police Department, 815-462-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Class size is limited to 25 and registration closes Monday.