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Disaster officials finish training
WOODBINE -- If disaster strikes, emergency responders in Charlton County will be prepared.

But in the case of a natural disaster, emergency officials realize they will need all the trained help they can get.

Camden County emergency officials recently completed a joint Community Emergency Response Team training exercise with residents at the old Charlton County school complex in Folkston. The exercise was the culmination of weeks of training between emergency officials and residents in both counties.

The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

The training prepares CERT members to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

The exercise was the culmination of weeks of training led by Camden Fire Rescue instructors.

Camden Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Gailey said the CERT program is an excellent way to share manpower, experience and resources with sister communities.

"Most major emergencies don't impact just one community," he said. "The more people available to respond to an incident, the easier the load is to bear for everyone involved."

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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