50 people complete basic CERT training

Thirty people completed the basic Community Emergency Response Team training in Kekaha last week, while another 20 people finished the training in Kilauea.

Since the beginning of the year, 100 people have completed CERT training, bringing the total number on Kaua‘i to about 300.

“We are very pleased with the turnout for the recent CERT trainings. It clearly demonstrates that many of our residents care about their communities. They were willing to go the extra mile to receive formal training so they can help their neighbors in the event of a disaster,” said Mayor Bryan Baptiste, in a press release. “Our goal is to have a CERT in every community on the island.”

More basic CERT trainings are planned later this year. Upcoming sessions are slated to begin on July 8 in Kalaheo and July 9 in Kapa‘a.

The next CERT quarterly meeting will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.

Among the topics to be covered:

• Mapping Your Neighborhood project review

• Plans for a monthly CERT town coordinator’s meeting

• Introduction to first aid and CPR classes

• Incident Command System 100

Also happening in June are CPR and first aid certification classes, which are being offered free to all CERTs. Eight sessions are slated around the island between June 7 and June 19. The four-hour trainings include basic first aid and adult, child and infant CPR.

Advance registration is required for the CPR and first aid certification classes.

To register for the CPR and first aid classes or basic CERT trainings, go to the county Web site, www.kauai.gov and click on the government tab near the top of the home page.

Then click on the Departments link and then the Fire Department link. The final step is to click on the CERT link on the left-hand side.

For more information, contact Catherine Stovall at cert@kauai.gov or call 241-6398.

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