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Free Emergency Training Course Offered to Residents, Commuters

Irving's Emergency Management team invites those who live or work in the city to participate in a no-cost, two-day emergency training course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2 and 9.

An upcoming training course will equip participants with life-sustaining skills for emergency situations. Topics included in this hands-on training include disaster preparedness, triage, first aid, fire safety and terrorism response. After completing the course, participants will become part of the city's 100-member Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

"In a city like Irving with more than 200,000 residents, catastrophic events of a large scale have the potential to overwhelm the limited number of first responders," said Emergency Management Planner Nick Robison. "Following a major disaster, community members may have to rely on one another to meet their immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs."

CERT members are trained to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours following a major incident. Team members also will learn how to provide critical support to professional first responders, assistance to disaster victims, and how to spontaneously organize volunteers at disaster sites.

Irving residents or commuters interested in participating in this program must be able to perform physical activities, possess a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. Because spacing is limited, residents are encouraged to register by Feb. 20. For more information or to register, contact Robison at (972) 721-2184 or

Posted Feb. 11

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