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Prospect CERT - 43 residents completed the training.

Published 22nd February 2016, 2:45pm

The Prospect Community Emergency Response Team held their Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) graduation ceremony on Saturday February 20th at the Seafarerís Hall.

In total 43 residents completed the training which included a number of components such as First Aid / CPR, Fire Safety and Suppression, Disaster Preparedness, Stress Management / Disaster Psychology, Shelter Management, Initial Damage Assessment, Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment. The community group met for CERT training every Tuesday night for two hours.

Deputy Governor, Franz Manderson who is Chairman of the National Hazard Management Council congratulated the participants for volunteering and helping to make the Cayman Islands more resilient. The Honourable Marco Archer also gave a speech praising the commitment of the residents to bettering their community.

HMCI and the Cayman Islands Red Cross work in partnership to deliver the training which aims to increase disaster preparedness and resilience at the grass roots level. CERT training is free. Fire Officers Joseph Thompson and John Christian also assisted by conducting the Fire Safety and Search and Rescue components of the CERT course.

The Prospect CERT is now the 6th CERT to be established in the Cayman Islands, with other teams in North Side, Belford Estates, North Sound Gardens, West Bay and Windsor Park. Recently 26 students from John Gray High School completed the first Campus CERT program. HMCI and the Red Cross are hoping to commence training with another Campus CERT team at Clifton Hunter High School in the coming months.