Wilton’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), with the Wilton Department of Emergency Management, will conduct its annual disaster preparedness training program beginning Wednesday, Oct. 21. The community is invited to participate in this free program to prepare for and help family, friends and neighbors in the event of natural or man-made emergencies or disasters.
CERT instructors are certified by the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Instructors from police, fire and emergency medical service will assist in the training, which will cover a variety of emergency skills such as extinguishing small fires, evacuating a smoke-filled building, basic first aid, disaster psychology, hazardous materials response, and terrorism awareness. The training involves classroom and field exercises.
Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are invited to join Wilton CERT, which regularly assists first responders at large emergency incidents and public events. Wilton CERT has helped with missing person searches, traffic and crowd control duties, staffing Wilton’s emergency shelter, and distributing emergency food and water.
The training program is conducted over six sessions in Wilton or New Canaan locations. Class is limited to 25 people, 16 years of age and older. For complete information and to register online, visit wiltoncert.org or email John Stewart at jvstew@optonline.net.