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updated: 6/15/2012 10:04 PM

CERT training promotes rescue skills

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Village of Wauconda

The Village of Wauconda's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program was established in 2004 and is administered by the Wauconda Fire District.

The program educates residents about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Wauconda's CERT team is one of the most active and best trained in the area. The program has approximately 75 current members who have each received over twenty hours of classroom and practical training that will allow them to assist their neighbors following a large scale event when professional responders may not be immediately available.

This year, the Village launched an innovative program entitled the CERT Master Academy. This facet of the program was designed to further educate CERT volunteers on the role of Wauconda's Fire District, Police Department and Public Works Department in emergencies and natural disasters.

This four-week program provided 30 volunteers with basic training and practical skills so that these volunteers can assume a supporting role in one of the Departments during an emergency response.

Master Academy graduates will be able to offer assistance such as: phone coverage; 'citizen patrol'; crime scene security; training assistance; emergency notification coordination; scene security; and traffic management.

If you are interested in joining Wauconda's CERT Program, please visit: