HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)
Hattiesburg residents took part in arefresher class today to be sure they are ready to assist localfirst-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 beentrained in basic life and property-saving skills to aid emergencyprofessionals.
“A little over a year ago,a tornado came through Hattiesburg, sometimes the professional responder may behampered from getting to people who are hurt immediately, and if people havetraining, they can take care of themselves until that professional respondercan get there, it’s really a matter of life and death,” said State ProgramManager for Miss. Citizen Corps Council, Dave Nichols.
A grant to the City of Hattiesburgfrom the Department of Homeland Security paid for the training and tools usedin the class for the responders.
The class is designed forthe general public, and anyone who is interested in participating is encouragedto contact Linda Montgomery with the Hattiesburg Fire Department at(601)-582-3311 for details about the next class.