Free emergency response training available for DeKalb residents

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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 from 7–9:30 p.m. at DeKalb Fire Rescue Headquarters, 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker.

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 Thursdays from 7–9:30 p.m. at DeKalb Fire Rescue Headquarters.

Participants of the DeKalb CERT program coordinate their response during the search and rescue exercise.

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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