Free classes on emergency response

WEST CHESTER Chester County's Department of Emergency Services is offering free classes to teach residents skills that could help them and their neighbors during an emergency.

The four-week community emergency response training course teaches disaster preparedness and basic disaster response skills, including fire safety and basic medical care.

"Because emergency services personnel are not always able to attend to everyone immediately during a disaster, trained citizens can make a big difference by using CERT skills to help save lives and protect property," Robert Kagel, director of Emergency Services, said in a statement.

The Department of Emergency Services encourages those who get trained to volunteer with their local emergency response agencies.

Chester County's Public Safety Training Campus in South Coatesville will host the course, which starts at 6:30 p.m. April 9.

The three other classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 and 25 and May 9.

Residents must register by March 31 by visiting or calling 610-344-5540.

- Michaelle Bond