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Emergency equipment will prepare volunteers for disasters

January 24, 2005

Albany- Community Emergency Response Teams or CERTs began forming last year as part of a program paid for by the Department of Homeland Security.

Lee County is the one for our region. So far, about 30 CERT volunteers there have undergone training to help in dangerous situations.

This new trailer has a generator, equipment to teach CPR and hand radios. Those supplies will help train volunteers in other communities.

"Mainly we use them for, like I say, a tornado, floods, we're hoping to train them so they can help us on fire scenes if it's a bad enough scene," said Lee County Fire Department Assistant Chief Julian Tye, who is also the CERT Trainer.

Lee County's CERT will be able to apply for another grant this year to purchase more equipment.

posted at 10:58 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com