FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - There is a push to equip, educate and train certified emergency volunteers in our community.
These individuals would be at the ready should a major event occur.
Florence County Emergency Management is looking for people to take the CERT basic training course.
When you join the CERT team, emergency management teaches you everything you need to know to be an extension of emergency management.
Just to give you an idea, you'll learn light search and rescue skills, fire suppression techniques and emergency first aid.
Florence County Emergency Management said it recognizes there is a need for people to be ready in their own communities to spring into action while waiting for first responders during emergency events.
"People need to understand that this training will help them…prepare themselves and help others within their neighborhoods until first responders are able to get to them during an emergency and that's the big thing about it," Florence County Emergency Management's spokesperson said.
This training is free and I'm told if you have a group of people who would like to train, emergency management can sit up classes for your group.
Florence County Emergency Management tells me that having CERT team volunteers at the ready in neighborhoods is all about being proactive should an emergency happen.
"The team's purpose is to fulfill roles within our department and within departments from around the county…that they need additional help with during some type of event. For us we need additional help in the Emergency Operations Center, answering phones and answering questions…stuff like that," Golden said.