STAUNTON – A group offers training to people so they know what to do in the face of a disaster, like the bombing which happened in Boston.
The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, gives emergency preparation training classes to anyone in the area. The classes teach people how to react to an emergency.
Instructors teach basic medical procedures and team building exercises. Many of the first responders on Monday were runners and spectators.
A first responder could be anyone, so having basic training can make a big difference.
“They're just average citizens that may be participating in the event or watching an event. They're going to be first on the scene. The first responders, such as fire and rescue, will be getting there as soon as can but until then people can be implementing life-saving measures and doing a lot to help the situation be better when the first responders arrive,” said Rebecca Joyce, a CERT coordinator.
The CERT training classes are free and they're typically offered in the fall and spring. You find out more information about those courses by visiting this website.
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