Belford Estates Community Emergency Response Team is obtaining first responders certifications to assist community residents during an emergency.
The nonprofit organization, whose aim is to prevent or limit the amount of causalities and loss of life in the event of a disaster, recently participated in a day’s training at the Bodden Town Civic Centre.
The course involved training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid and the use of automated external defibrillators offered by the American Heart Association. The classes were taught by instructors from the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority.
Team liaison officer Millicent Webster said certified members will be receiving their certificates from the Health Service Authority and valid certification identification from The American Heart Association.
Team captain Errington Webster emphasized that obtaining these certifications is one of the key goals for the team as it will allow the members to assist the community and residents before, during or immediately following an emergency.
“This is vitally important, especially during the present and future hurricane seasons as the team recognizes that no one is excluded from a threat and all persons may be vulnerable,” he said.
During the hurricane season, Belford Estates Community Response Team meets biweekly and outside of hurricane season meetings are usually held once a month with most meetings usually taking place at the Bodden Town Civic Centre.
The team acknowledges Look Out Holdings, Foster’s Food Fair, Health Minister Mark Scotland and Bodden Town MLA Dwayne Seymour for their contributions.