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Scott County will offer CERT, CPR training

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

BENTON -- Scott County will soon provide training that could possibly save lives.

County Developer Joel Evans reported during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday that he was beginning to receive responses to the county's announcement it would provide Community Emergency Response Team and CPR training.

"We're offering the training for the employees of Scott County -- there is no fee," Evans said. "We're doing it as part of the comprehensive safety and security plan for the county. We're currently looking at security and safety issues at the courthouse and other county offices. We've also purchased first aid kits for the courthouse and sheriff's office and we're updating the county's emergency response plan."

The CERT training is scheduled for three consecutive Wednesdays in February, according to Evans. "And then we'll offer it later in the year as an alternate date," he said.

The CPR and first aid training will be offered separately sometime in March.

"I'll probably be teaching CERT with Joe Burton, the emergency management director," Evans said.

Evans is a state-level CERT instructor as well as a fire service instructor and EMT.

Personnel from the North Scott County Ambulance District will teach the first aid/CPR material, Evans said.

In other Scott County business:

* Commissioners noted the State Emergency Management Agency is conducting a regional earthquake tabletop training exercise today in the Scott County Emergency Operations Center's training room at the county jail.

The county commissioners, sheriff, assessor, county clerk, communications supervisor, county developer and personnel from the county health department and county highway department are slated to attend.

Participants will look at four specific areas: damage assessment, communications, search and rescue and resources.

The exercise will begin at 10 a.m. following a short briefing and should be finished by 11:30 a.m.

* The county will hold another tire roundup at the county highway department headquarters in Benton from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Tires may only be from passenger vehicles and must be removed from rims.

* Commissioners reappointed Terry DeHart of Commerce to another three-

year term on the Levee District No. 2 board.