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Search, Rescue Info Offered At Fire Training Center In Pomona

The Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services and the Rockland County Youth Bureau, will offer classes designed to provide basic training in disaster preparedness for residents,
The Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services and the Rockland County Youth Bureau, will offer classes designed to provide basic training in disaster preparedness for residents, Photo Credit: Rockland County Government

RAMAPO, N.Y. -- Residents interested in learning about search and rescue and how to know what to do during an emergency will want to attend the Light Search & Rescue program on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the Fire Training Center in Pomona.

Presented by the Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services and the Rockland County Youth Bureau, the classes are designed to provide basic training in disaster preparedness for residents, which increases the ability of citizens to manage an extreme situation until first responders or other assistance arrives.

The free class runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the center located at 35 Fireman's Memorial Drive Pomona.

According to instructor Jerry Knapp, attendees will learn how to size up an emergency situation and search systemically for disaster survivors and learn important techniques for removing buried survivors. Knapp will also teach the basics of search and rescue and how to take that knowledge back to your community.

To attend, email galionek@co.rockland.ny.us or call 845-708-7307.

Another class, Disaster Medical II - First Aid will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Fire Training Center.

Taught by Ellie Salmon, attendees will learn how to maintain hygiene and how the five major functions of disaster medical operations are set up. This advanced class is for those who want to know more then the basics. It is only open to CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) members who have taken at least one other CERT class. Participants will receive their First Aid Certification Card. CERT members are dedicated volunteers who help to prepare their neighbors and communities for different types of disasters. To register, email: galionek@co.rockland.ny.u s.

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