Free Emergency Response Training Available for DeKalb Residents

06/27/18 1:33 pm

Two class opportunities beginning July 10

DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency is hosting two free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Workshops. 

The first nine-week workshop begins on July 10 and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7–9:30 p.m. at DeKalb Fire Rescue Headquarters, 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker, GA 30084.

A second nine-week CERT workshop for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, with certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, begins on July 12 and will be held on Thursday evenings from 7–9:30 p.m. at DeKalb Fire Rescue Headquarters.

Participants learn what to do before, during and after a disaster occurs. The workshop will also train citizens to care for family members and neighbors.

Course topics include:

•    Disaster preparedness
•    Basic fire suppression
•    Medical operations
•    Light search and rescue operations
•    Disaster psychology
•    Team organization and terrorism
•    Autism awareness

Participants in the DeKalb CERT program practice basic first aid skills learned in the workshop.

The workshop is free for DeKalb County citizens and all participants must pass a background check. To register, visit and click the “Community Emergency Response Team” menu option. For more information, contact Emergency Management Specialist Thomas Paige at or 678-406-7858.

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(Commissioner Jeff Rader represents District Two on DeKalb County's Board of Commissioners. He was reelected in November of 2010 for another four-year term.)

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