Several residents complete CERT class

Published 10:21 pm Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Six members of the Isabella community completed a Community Emergency Response Training class on Monday, Nov. 24.

The class was sponsored by the Isabella Volunteer Fire Department, in conjunction with Chilton County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Office. This class and classes like this are made possible all across Chilton County by a Citizen Corps grant provided by the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.

The classes teach interested individuals how to protect themselves and their families during times of emergencies. It also provides first aid training, basic fire suppression, search and rescue techniques as well as hazardous materials recognition. These individuals will be able to play a vital role in the county’s response during times of emergency or disaster.

Isabella Fire Chief Brent Conway, expressed his appreciation to each of the participants for their dedication and the time spent in completing this class.

Bill Collum, County EMA and Homeland Security director and instructor for this class said, “We want more people in the county to take advantage of this free training. You do not have to commit to serving on a team or work for a department; this is just good down to earth knowledge and practice in taking care of your family in times of trouble. We have funding to teach more of these classes in the coming months. Please call the EMa office at 755-0900 if you are interested in taking the training.”