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Fort Bend County Emergency Management
Tuesday April 27th, 2010 :: 05:17 p.m. CDT


FBC ESD #4 and Fulshear-Simonton Fire Department Host CERT Training for Local Residents

CORRECTION: The fire support provided to Emergency Services District (ESD) #4 comes from the Fulshear-Simonton Fire Department. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Richmond, TX - Fourteen local citizens completed the 8 week Community Emergency Response Team training hosted by the City of Stafford. Facilitated by the Fort Bend County and Stafford Offices of Emergency Management, weekly class topics included; Disaster Preparedness, Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, and Team Organization with instruction provided by the Stafford Fire Department and Fort Bend County Emergency Medical Service. Maria Alvarado, new CERT graduate shares her experience, “I was initially intrigued to participate because of all the chaos and uncertainty and wanted to be sure I knew what to do for my family in an event of a crisis. I’ve learned much more about what to do if I was traveling, what to look out for and how to be creative in helping the wounded…and myself for that matter.”

On March 8th, the Stafford CERT team held their graduation ceremony and final exercise. 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 Stafford Fire Department, Stafford Municipal School District and the Stafford Emergency Management Coordinator, Jennifer Taylor, the newly graduated 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.

Certificates and volunteer badges were presented by Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert. Also present to congratulate the Stafford CERT team were the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, Alan Spears, Larry DiCamillo, Stafford Fire Chief, and Bonny Krahn, Stafford Police Chief. “CERT training teaches preparedness skills that every citizen needs to have and promotes the importance of neighbor helping neighbor, in times of emergency or following a disaster,” explains Shauna Evans, Volunteer Programs Manager for the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. “These graduates are committed to the safety and security of their respective neighborhoods and now have the knowledge and skill to provide a greater level of assistance when our first response agencies are overwhelmed and professional response assistance is delayed.”

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 or contact the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management at 281-342-6185.

Fort Bend County Emergency Management
307 Fort St
Richmond, TX 77469

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

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