Kenneth Teague spent 3 hours teaching a group of CERT volunteers and members of the Fire Department about the organization and structure used nation-wide in emergency incidents. It was important information for any of us who may be dispatched to assist with a critical incident. My rational side loves the organization and common sense approach of ICS. It is designed for making the most effective and efficient use of manpower and resources.
The class is also offered online. Once you have taken the class, you may go to the FEMA website to take a test which is pretty challenging. You will get a certificate if you pass the test. My husband took the test and passed the day after taking Kenneth’s class.
As CERT volunteers, we appreciate the opportunity to participate in these great training opportunities. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these free classes.
Here are links the courses and material. The class this week was Incident Command System Class IC -100
Wildfire is one of the most serious threats facing residents of Caldwell County. Cities have grown into suburbs and suburbs into what was once considered rural America. Citizens are acquiring secluded homes surrounded by forests, mountain cabins, or sprawling farms. This movement is creating an extremely complex landscape that has come to be known as the wildland/urban interface. The impact of severe wildfire on your community, your state and your federal government is staggering. According to the National Wildland Coordinating Group, since 1970 we’ve spent more than $20 billion dollars fighting fire at the fringes of our burgeoning population centers, in the areas described above as the wildland/urban interface.. Encroaching development into forests, grasslands and farms is resulting in numerous infrastructure problems, including catastrophic wildfires which increasingly threatens lives, homes and businesses.
Here is a Wildfire booklet provided by Caldwell County Emergency Management with information about protecting your home and community from the devastation of a wildfire. It includes checklists and information about becoming a FIREWISE community.