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Clayton offers free emergency-response training

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County residents will soon have an opportunity to learn basic emergency-response techniques, during a five-day training session offered by the Clayton County Emergency Management Agency.

The classes will take place Aug. 24 through Aug. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m., at Fire Station 13, located at 264 N. Main Street in Jonesboro, according to Emergency Management Agency Operations Officer Beth Durmire.

Participants in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will receive certification that will qualify them to provide basic assistance in an emergency situation, until a medical professional can arrive on the scene, according to Clayton County Spokesperson Jamie Carlington.

The training session is free and open to Clayton County residents.

"When citizens are trained to quickly assess an emergency situation and apply their CERT training skills, those few minutes can sometimes result in the difference between a life and death situation," said Stacy Kirkwood, a course instructor and homeland security operations officer for the Clayton County Emergency Management Agency.

"CERT training will teach participants various life-saving techniques, ranging from how to control bleeding and properly treat shock, to how to properly identify and describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities, and ways to prepare for a disaster," Carlington said.

In order to receive certification for the nationally recognized program, participants must attend all scheduled sessions, Carlington said.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, and space is limited. To register for the CERT training, call (770) 478-8271.