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Community Emergency Response Team training

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg residents took part in a refresher class today to be sure they are ready to assist local first-responders in many different types of emergencies.

The class included intensive training for the responders so they are well versed in what it takes to be a part of the Community Emergency Response Team, or "CERT."

Team members have been trained in basic life and property-saving skills to aid emergency professionals. 

“A little over a year ago, a tornado came through Hattiesburg, sometimes the professional responder may be hampered from getting to people who are hurt immediately, and if people have training, they can take care of themselves until that professional responder can get there, it’s really a matter of life and death,” said State Program Manager for Miss. Citizen Corps Council, Dave Nichols.

A grant to the City of Hattiesburg from the Department of Homeland Security paid for the training and tools used in the class for the responders.

The class is designed for the general public, and anyone who is interested in participating is encouraged to contact Linda Montgomery with the Hattiesburg Fire Department at (601)-582-3311 for details about the next class.

 

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