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Branson Fire Department Offers CERT Program Training

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A program that's been offered in Branson for three years, helps prepare residents to help in the event of a major disaster. Michele Skalicky has more.

Those who take the course thru the Branson Fire Department become members of the Community Emergency Response Team or CERT. CERT is a federally developed program that teaches community members skills in disaster response and preparedness. Ted martin is division chief with the Branson Fire Department.

During a disaster—either natural or manmade—emergency responders can be overwhelmed and response time is slow. He says neighbors helping neighbors can make a big difference.

According to Martin, neighbors can help in search and rescue, put out small fires with fire extinguishers they can keep in their homes, conduct basic first aid and identify hazards that people need to stay away from.

Those who go through the CERT training will receive a backpack filled with basic supplies, including a hard hat, a reflective vest, flashlights and a first aid kit.

A class that's set for March is full, but more classes will be held this year. To let Branson Fire Department personnel know you're interested, call 417-337-8580.