Free CERT training in Tyrone continues

Fire suppression and light search and rescue training classes are on tap this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bald Eagle United Methodist Church.
The classes are free to the public. Those wishing to participate in the classes are encouraged to contact 696-3200.
According to Cindy Whitby, the program’s coordinator, classes thus far have gone extremely well.
“These are great classes and things are going pretty well,” she said. “In fact, we foresee more grant money for next year.”
According to Whitby, the classes were made possible after Blair County Emergency Management Coordinator Rod Bonner secured a grant for the program. She said because of its initial success, the state department of Homeland Security made notice and offered another grant, which must be used by Dec. 15.
“We’re excited to have these programs,” said Whitby, noting that 16 people are enrolled and there’s room for more.
This weekend’s classes will be highlighted by a free standing structure that will collapse as rescue personnel teach enrollees the proper techniques for search and rescue. Also, those participating in the program will learn the proper use of a fire extinguisher.