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Since its inception, the CPCCC and its Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Team have assisted with a number of large town events as well as provided support for area communities needing assistance with emergency shelters.

CERT classes are offered on a semi-regular basis. A new training session began just last week, and those who would like to be a part of it can still get involved.

"It's not too late to join," said McHugh. "Interested persons should come to the program on Thursday, Oct. 12, to the town's public safety building on Route 146 at 7 p.m." Training will occur each Thursday evening ending on Nov. 8.

The 20-hour course will provide participants with training on disaster preparedness and response, first aid and medical operations, CPR and AED, fire safety, incident command structure, light search and rescue, as well as psychology of disaster stressors and terrorism.

"CERT is a nationally recognized program that helps our citi-zens help themselves in emergencies and natural disasters," said Barrett. "The CERT course trains citizens how to protect their families and neighbors under difficult circumstances. It is vital information."

Approximately 65 residents have completed the CERT training with another 135 having taken the First Aid and CPR class.

In conjunction with the Saratoga Health Department's Citizen Corps, the CPCCC will be hosting an information session, complete with a video related to the sheltering of residents during disasters and emergencies. Open to the public, the program will include information about how, when and where the town needs to establish shelters. It will also discuss education of residents, requirements to operate a shelter, and determining what kinds of shelters are needed or wanted in the community, including what accommodations are available for those with special needs.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Clifton Park Public Safety Building on Route 146 on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Residents are invited to attend and encouraged to ask questions. For information on the CPCCC, CERT Training or other programs offered by the CPCCC, contact the town's office of community development at 371-6651 or by e-mail at ccc@cliftonpark.org. ""

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