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Bergen Student Completes CERT Training

Chad Evringham, 17, of Bergen, NY, who attends high school at Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD), successfully completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course. The course was held February 27th through March 22nd, 2007 at the Monroe Community College (MCC) Public Safety Training Facility in Rochester. Evringham, who is the son of Phillip and Katrina Evringham of Emily Court, Bergen, completed the training program with three of his RSD high school classmates: Daniel Baker, 18, of Rochester, NY; Gavin Gutierrez, 19, of Henrietta, NY and Joseph McCarthy. 19, of Cochecton, NY. Each student received CERT certificationat a special graduation ceremony held March 22nd, 2007. The course for CERT responders who are deaf and hard-of-hearing was supported collaboratively by MCC, RSD Outreach Center, FEMA and the Monroe County Officeof Emergency Preparedness.

CERT training requires a high level of commitment from partici pants.

Training consists of eight evening classes. Each three-hour module focuses on various aspects of emergency and disaster pre paredness,

including: firesuppression and safety; medical and search & rescue operations; disaster psychology and CPR & AED.

Students were required to successfully complete all seven modules, the disaster simulation exercise and final exam to graduate. At gradu ation,

students were issued a backpack containing personal protective equipment for their use as a Certified Emergency Responder.

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