New Emergency Training Classes set by Orland Fire District

New Emergency Training Classes set by Orland Fire District

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New Emergency Training Classes set by Orland Fire District

Class enrollment deadline extended until Feb. 5, 2018

The Orland Fire Protection District announced a new class date for citizens interested in learning emergency training skills to help save lives, beginning Monday Feb. 5.

The classes run about right weeks, officials said, and are held in the evening each Monday from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm at the Orland Fire Protection District’s administration building at 9790 W. 151st Street. Members of the public must be at least 18 years of age or older to participate in the free classes.

Fire Chief Michael Schofield said the next CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) gives the public hands-on experience to respond to emergencies.

CERT trainees take instruction from Lt. Bill Leddin and Engineer Tom Rafferty on how to properly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb in a 2016 training. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

CERT trainees take instruction from Lt. Bill Leddin and Engineer Tom Rafferty on how to properly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb in a 2016 training. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

“We have seen many instances where the fast action of people who have emergency response training can make a difference in saving lives, like the most recent incident in which a boy almost drowned but was saved by a party-goer who was at the pool party who had emergency training,” Chief Schofield said of the program.

Instruction provided during the CERT training includes CPR, extinguishing small fires and the proper and effective use of fire extinguishers, helping individuals who may have a wide range of injuries including heart attacks and injuries, and effective responses to severe weather crisis including tornadoes.

The CERT class is led by veteran firefighter Lt. William Leddin.

All participants who complete the course and pass the final exam receive a Certificate of Completion presented by the OFPD Board of Trustees.

For more information on the CERT Program, or to enroll in the CERT Classes, visit the Orland Fire Protection District website at www.OrlandFire.org, or contact Lt. Leddin by email at w.leddin@orlandfire.org or by calling 708-349-0074.

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