From staff and press reports
Twenty one Winston Countians are better trained to handle a disaster after receiving free CERTS training. The Winston County Sheriff’s Department through the Winston County Sheriff’s Advisory Council recently sponsored a 20 hour training course for Community Emergency Response Training (CERTS). The CERT program is designed to teach community members how to help family and neighbors during an emergency and after a disaster. “It is anticipated that CERT volunteers will provide valuable assistance to the community, as well as residents and neighbors when a disaster strikes,” said Winston County Sheriff’s Deputy Margie Bell. CERT volunteers are trained in a variety of emergency skills such as disaster psychology, first aid, CPR and AED, fire safety, traffic control, hazardous materials awareness, emergency shelters, light search and rescue, disaster scenarios and terrorism. The Winston County first class had 21 attendees with training held Friday, March 30 and Saturday, April 1 with Saturday’s activities focusing on hands on outdoors training. Dave Nichols, the Mayor of Monticello, served as the CERTS instructor. The course for the 21 attendees was funded by a grant from the state that the Sheriff Department applied for and received. The Sheriff’s Advisory Council who helped arrange the training has 14 members and Tim Smith serves as president of the council. For more information on the CERTS training contact the Winston County Sheriff’s Department.