The West Chicago Citizen Corps has worked hard to educate the public on important actions to take in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. Many in the community have taken the opportunity to learn how to make a difference for their families and neighbors in times of emergency.
Now, to make it somewhat easier and more accessible for those wanting to fit the training into busy schedules, it is being offered in a five-week session, with two classes in the final week. The session starts on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., and runs every Wednesday for five weeks. An additional class during that fifth week will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., which concludes the course.
There is no fee for the course. Participants must be at least 18 years old or older, and either live or work in the City of West Chicago or the West Chicago Fire Protection District. CERT training is designed to provide basic training in disaster preparedness, which increases the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance arrives. Topics include; Weather Safety, Fire and Life Safety, Medical, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, Psychology, and Terrorism.
The course will be conducted at the West Chicago Fire Protection District headquarters, located at 200 Fremont Street. To enroll, residents may use an online registration form or by contacting Sergeant Chris Woodill at (630) 293-2222 or CWoodill@westchicago.org.