The Roswell Fire Department is taking residents’ applications for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, an eight-session course starting Feb. 6. AJC FILE

Roswell seeks residents for emergency response training

The Roswell Fire Department invites residents to join the city’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), volunteers trained to work with first responders in local emergencies.

CERT training starts Feb. 6, according to a city announcement. Classes will meet from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays for eight sessions; most sessions will be at Roswell Fire Station 7, 8025 Holcomb Bridge Road. Class size is limited to 16 persons. Participants must be Roswell residents at least 18 years old.

Volunteers will be educated in disaster preparedness and trained in basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

“This training will allow CERT members to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available for help,” the city said. “CERT members will also be encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.”

For more information and an application: Lt. Ed Botts, ebotts@roswellgov.com, or https://bit.ly/2We4oOA

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