“CERT” program provides new first responders

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When situations like last weeks school shootings in Florida arise, emergency workers are among the first on the scene.  As of Tuesday, Siouxland has nearly a dozen newly certified first responders.

Eleven men and women were recognized Tuesday night after completing emergency training. 

Graduates of the Community Emergency Response Team or “CERT” Program gathered at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

The program aims to give people the skills needed to help professional responders in times of an emergency and ultimately save lives.

“I did it because I want to be a police officer someday and having that emergency response would help out if something were to happen,” said Hannah O’Callaghan who Completed the CERT Program.

“Those people are going to fill that gap between the time it takes for something to happen and having emergency responders and first responders to get their,” added Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller.

Chief Mueller says those completing the program are now able to help others in the community and he’s urging other to join in on training as well.

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