Written by Phil Cerroni
Irving’s Emergency Management team invites those who live or work in the city to participate in a no-cost, two-day emergency training course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2 and 9.
An upcoming training course will equip participants with life-sustaining skills for emergency situations. Topics included in this hands-on training include disaster preparedness, triage, first aid, fire safety and terrorism response. After completing the course, participants will become part of the city’s 100-member Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
“In a city like Irving with more than 200,000 residents, catastrophic events of a large scale have the potential to overwhelm the limited number of first responders,” said Emergency Management Planner Nick Robison. “Following a major disaster, community members may have to rely on one another to meet their immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs.”
CERT members are trained to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours following a major incident. Team members also will learn how to provide critical support to professional first responders, assistance to disaster victims, and how to spontaneously organize volunteers at disaster sites.
Source: City of Irving