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UMFK working with town of Fort Kent to establish a community emergency response team

October 29, 2004

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UMFK is working with the town of Fort Kent and the Aroostook County Emergency Management office in the establishment of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Fort Kent.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are formed by members of a neighborhood or workplace who want to be better prepared for the hazards that threaten their communities.

CERT members will be able to assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learn during specialized training. These skills, such as light search and rescue, medical triage and treatment, preparedness, and crisis awareness, can help save and sustain lives following a disaster or emergency until additional help arrives.

"This program meets the institution's mission of public service and fits in perfectly with our rural public safety administration degree program" said Allen Shoaff, assistant professor of public safety administration and the program coordinator.

The university is assisting with the solicitation of potential members for the Fort Kent Community emergency response team.

Interested persons are invited to sign up by contacting Shoaff at 834-7563 or Donald Eno, academic outreach coordinator, at 834-7835 with your name and contact information.

There is no obligation and you will be advised of the first organizational meeting and also when the training will occur. Each CERT member will, after completing the 20 hours of training (10 hours of which is on line), receive certification and some personal equipment which will become their own property. For more information about the CERT program, you may visit: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/CERT/

Call Eno at 834-7835 for more information.