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Eugene/Springfield Fire holds emergency disaster training open to public

The Community Emergency Response Team wants to help you be able to answer that question, and they held their spring training on Saturday.

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - If a major disaster were to take place, would you know what to do?

The Community Emergency Response Team wants to help you be able to answer that question, and they held their spring training on Saturday.

CERT educates people about disaster preparedness, and trains them how to assist first responders during major disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.

Participants learned basic disaster response skills, like fire safety, search and rescue techniques and disaster medical operations.

"By doing this training, we're offering our community the opportunity to become more prepared and more informed about what their capabilities and resources are," said Patence Winningham, the Senior Program Coordinator.

One participant brought his whole family to the free training event that was held at the Eugene/Springfield Fire Training facility.

"Both of my daughters, my wife and my mom even joined, so it's multigenerational," said John Webster, a CERT student. "We've got three generations here that are all training together specifically to try and learn what we need to do to take care of ourselves and help the community in an emergency."

The next CERT course will be held this winter, and for more information you can visit the Eugene/Springfield CERT page on Facebook.

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