DeKalb County offering free emergency response training

DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency is hosting two free Community Emergency Response Team training workshops.

The first nine-week workshop begins Sept. 18 and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7–9:30 p.m. at DeKalb Fire Rescue Headquarters, 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker.

A second nine-week CERT workshop begins Sept. 20 and will be held on Thursday evenings from 7–9:30 p.m. at DeKalb Fire Rescue Headquarters.

Participants can learn what to do before, during and after a disaster occurs. The workshop will also train citizens to care for family members and neighbors.

Course topics include:

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• Disaster preparedness

• Basic fire suppression

• Medical operations

• Light search and rescue operations

• Disaster psychology

• Team organization and terrorism

• Autism awareness

The workshop is free for DeKalb County citizens and all participants must pass a background check. To register, go to www.dekalbcountyga.gov/dema and click the “Community Emergency Response Team” menu option.

Information: Emergency Management Specialist Thomas Paige at tpaige@dekalbcountyga.gov or 678-406-7858.

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