Wednesday, January 7, 2009

DIRT Training

The DIRT (Disaster International Relief Team) was developed to help out with disaster internationally. Unlike domestic disasters, international disasters bring their own challenges but also opportunities.  It is absolutely critical to be prepared if we are dealing with disaster situations outside the comfort and safety of the United States. As a result, DIRT has an emphasis on training and equipping.  Interestingly enough, 3 of the original DIRT members are now EMT’s because of their involvement.  A fantastic way of getting prepared is by going through the CERT training provided by Lealman Fire Department.


The CERT course offers basic training to members of the community to prepare them to react

safely when a disaster strikes. This 2-day course was designed and is supported by the United

States Department of Homeland Security.

Where: Lealman Fire District Station #18

4360 55th Avenue North

Saint Petersburg, Florida 33714

Dates: Friday, January 16th 2009 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday, January 17th 2009 2009 from 8:30am – 6pm

Topics include:

Disaster Preparedness Fire Safety

Disaster Medical Operations Light Search and Rescue Operations

CERT Organization Disaster Psychology

Terrorism and CERT

To sign up for the CERT course or for more information,

contact the Lealman Fire District at (727) 526-5650

or email at


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