On April 5th and 6th, members of the BC MO EM, BC MO CERT, and BC ARES took part in a FEMA Search and Rescue in Community Disasters (PER-334) training program in Camden County to increase their skills and knowledge in assisting with large-scale search and rescue operations.
This course, provided by FEMA in coordination with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (or TEEX for short), “is designed to provide training for community members to safely conduct search and light rescue response to aid their family and neighbors in the immediate aftermath of a natural catastrophe, technological accident, or human-caused incidents. The course is intended for members of the whole community and draws on information and lessons learned from a variety of disaster incidents such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and man-made events for discussion points.The course also uses hands-on training to demonstrate best practices for effective search and light rescue, which can be used in both residential and commercial environments.”
We are proud of our CERT and ARES volunteers, Barb and Ken Vining, and Deputy Director Sam Henley for attending and passing this course which they took to further their interest in helping the residents of our great county! The course is a direct extension of some of the topics covered in CERT training, so if you are interested in volunteering for CERT and taking part in their free training, please contact BC MO CERT Coordinator Barb Vining at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about upcoming classes in Benton County. Further videos and photos can be found on our Facebook page, as well as on the Facebook page of the Camden County, MO CERT.
Sam has already expressed interest in bringing the FEMA training to our own county so residents, volunteers, and others will also have a chance to participate! She will keep us updated on her progress as well as when and how to sign up, so check back with us!