The Office of Disaster Management conducted community emergency response team (cert) training for 29 volunteers.
The Office of Disaster Management with support from the Rotary Club of Dominica, the United Nations Development Program (U.N.D.P) and the Government of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) successfully completed its 11th C.E.R.T training which ran from January 28 to February 01, 2019.
Acting National Disaster Coordinator at the ODM, Donalson Frederick says the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk all-hazard training.
This course is designed to help individuals protect themselves, family, work colleagues, neighbours, and neighbour-hood in emergency situations. The training provides an opportunity for communities to become more self-reliant when and if disasters affect them and their communities. The CERT Program enables the development of multi functional response teams whose members can give critical support to professional first responders, and provide immediate assistance to victims.”
The Kalinago, Bellevue, Portsmouth and members from Rotary club of Dominica were the areas participants represented in this training.
The components of said training included: Basic Firefighting and Utility Control Disaster Medical Operations Search and Rescue Map Reading and Navigation Emergency communication and Disaster Management concepts for best practices.
The program concluded with a closing ceremony where participants were commended for their hard work throughout the week. Successful participants were awarded certificates of completion, out of which ‘Best Team’ and ‘Most Outstanding Participant’ were selected.
Participants were also provided with personal protective kit, equipment and tools for them to operate as part of a CERT team.