Emergency response classes available on Mondays during summer months

June 10,2024

In an effort to allow for more people in the community to attend, the next round of Coffee County Community Emergency Response Team (CC-CERT) training classes will be held Monday nights for five consecutive weeks at the Enterprise Fire Department Central Fire Station.

The CC-CERT training program teaches participants essential skills for emergency response, including disaster preparedness, fire safety, triage, CPR and light search and rescue.

“We are trying out a new schedule to accommodate many of the people who work on weekends and are unable to attend our traditional classes,” CC-CERT Coordinator Scotty Johnson said. “By participating in this program, you’ll not only gain valuable skills but also contribute to the safety and resilience of your community.”

The cost to participate is $25 and includes an emergency response bag upon completion of the course.  Participants must attend all five classes to earn their certification. Classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Central Fire Station located at 301 Plaza Drive.

“This training provides a unique opportunity for citizens to learn what to do until first responders arrive, or to help us in certain situations,” Enterprise Fire Chief Christopher Davis said. “Participants experience hands-on training, and the firefighters enjoy the chance to work with the classes to share their knowledge and expertise.”

Johnson said participants will learn how to properly put out fires with fire extinguishers, practice cribbing, identify different levels of trauma and basic lifesaving skills, and several examples of lifts and carries that can be used to move patients. The training can benefit all ages, but Johnson said those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

“We’ve had families sign up to participate. We had one young man who went on to become a firefighter. We have a variety of ages and people with different backgrounds. Everyone can get something out of this course.”

After speaking with several downtown business owners, Johnson worked with Chief Davis to offer a new course schedule during the summer months.

“I’ve heard from many people that they want to get the training, but it just doesn’t work in their schedules. We know the summer can be a busy time, especially on the weekends, so we are happy to provide this Monday night course hope to have a full classroom.”

“We train for the worst, but hope for the best,” Davis said. “The more people in Enterprise that are knowledgeable and able to help in an emergency is a benefit for our entire community.”

For more information, or to register for the upcoming training classes, call Scotty Johnson at (334) 806-1994 or email coffeecocertcoord@hotmail.com.