PTC volunteers ready to help

Thu, 06/08/2006 - 2:57pm
By: John Munford

If a disaster strikes, a batch of 78 specially trained people will be ready and willing to help in Peachtree City.

Members of the Community Emergency Response Team have learned how to render first aid, assess patient injuries, cut up fallen trees with a chainsaw and use radios to communicate with emergency officials.

The team members will be recognizable by their green shirts and caps or hard hats. A second CERT class recently completed its training, and a third class will start in August, said Police Chief James Murray.

If a tornado, chemical spill or other major incident takes place, the CERT members will be counted on to pitch in during situation

The training is conducted by the Peachtree City Police Department and the Peachtree City Fire Department. In addition to the training, team members are also tested in a mock emergency drill.

The team’s equipment is paid for by a federal grant but donations are accepted to purchase additional equipment. The Peachtree City Wal-Mart donated $2,250 last week, and store manager Michael Wagnon was one of the citizens who participated in the course.

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