Monday, June 27, 2011

Dr. Chamard completes campus-community emergency response team training

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, recently completed the 20-hour Campus-Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training program coordinated by the University Police Department. This is a Homeland Security/FEMA course.The instructors for the training included Lt. Ron Swartz, Emergency Management, University Police Department; Syrilyn Tong, UA Emergency Management; and Doug Markussen, UAA Risk Management.

The Campus-Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, C-CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. C-CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Dr. Chamard has also been a member of the UAA Police Department auxiliary team since its inception in 2007. The auxiliary team trains monthly during the academic year in areas such as traffic and crowd control, infectious disease control, handling of hazardous materials, pet rescue and shelter during disasters, radio communications, and search and rescue.

Pictured are UAA staff and faculty who completed the training: Front row (l to r): Syrilyn Tong (trainer), Sharon Chamard (Justice Center), Carol Chambers, Carolyn Hanthorne, Billy Huston.  Back row (l to r) Frank Lahr, Gerald Metcalf, Robert Bell, Nancy Nix, Morgan Grey, Brenda Henderson, Nick Dighiera, Cedar Cussins, Amanda Burnell, Joseph Ireton.

Click here for UAA emergency information.