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Fort Bend County Emergency Management
Thursday April 15th, 2010 :: 03:19 p.m. CDT

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Fulshear Fire Department Hosts CERT Training for Local Residents

Richmond, TX - Hosted by the Fort Bend County Emergency Services District #4 and the Fulshear Fire Department, 21 local citizens completed the Community Emergency Response Team training conducted March 12th through the 14th.

Several local officials participated in the program including, Lou Boudreaux, Mayor of Simonton, Cliff Aldrich, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Weston Lakes, Scott Evans, President of FBC ESD#4. The compressed weekend class included topics such as; Disaster Preparedness, Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, and Team Organization and included simulations and exercises so students could get hands-on experience.

“The Citizens Emergency Response Team is the backbone of our volunteer effort. The training is essential to meeting the Emergency Management goals in our area,” offers Mr. Aldrich. “The word is out and our citizens are already asking for another opportunity for training.”

The Fulshear CERT team held their graduation ceremony and final exercise on Sunday, March 14th. The final exercise is designed to enhance the skills learned by each volunteer team member in a simulated disaster environment. With the assistance of the Fulshear Fire Department and Fort Bend County EMS, the Fulshear CERT team members responded to a simulated building collapse with victims trapped inside. Team members practiced their skills in search and rescue, disaster medical and triage, and CERT organization as they worked the scene to located, extricate, and treat victims.

“The training is also fun, informative and generates team building amongst our citizens,” adds Aldrich.

Certificates and volunteer badges were presented by Jeff Braun, Emergency Management Coordinator and Shauna Evans, Volunteer Programs Manager for the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. “CERT is the perfect example of neighbor helping neighbor and the Fulshear team is already working to make a difference in their communities by talking with residents about the importance of preparedness and working closely with their local officials” adds Evans.

The Community Emergency Response Team program is sponsored by Fort Bend County and facilitated through the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. For more information on the County’s volunteer programs, visit www.fbcoem.org or contact the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management at 281-342-6185.

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Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 500,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.

Address/Location
Fort Bend County Emergency Management
307 Fort St
Richmond, TX 77469

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 281-342-6185

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