Learn to how help handle emergencies

Councilmember Barret Lane (13th Ward) is organizing a Community Emergency Response Team in Southwest to help handle disasters.

Members of the Minneapolis Fire Department will conduct the training.

The training is designed to teach residents disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations (triage and treatment of life-threatening injuries), light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology and more.

Lane has taken the course and said it trains people to know how to help their neighbors in the event of an emergency in their neighborhood, and just as important, teaches them how to be of help without endangering themselves in the process.

Although training typically costs $150, Lane said a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security will cover costs for Southwest residents interested in participating.

There will be two sets of training sessions, each totaling about 20 hours, in September and October.

The first trainee group will meet at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S., on Sept. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 and 28.

The second set of training sessions will be on Oct. 5, 7, 12, 14, 18, 21 and 26.

Lane aide Julia Blount, said residents interested in participating in the September or October sessions should contact the 13th Ward office at 673-2213 for exact times and other information.