Local Company Committed to Safety/Preparedness of Employees While Encouraging Volunteerism
The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management awarded certificates to seventeen (17) employees of Santrol, a local business with offices in Sugar Land and Fresno. Santrol, a division of Fairmount Minerals, manufactures and sells specialized sand products for the oil and gas industries and takes corporate citizenship very seriously. Santrol encourages its employees to volunteer in their communities are provides paid time off for them to do so. “CERT training has provided these employees with additional skills to broaden their opportunities to serve in their respective communities” offers Shauna Evans, Volunteer Programs Manager with the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.
Employees were allowed to complete the CERT program required over a three week period, during a regular work day. CERT training certification requires the completion of a 24-hour curriculum that focuses on the fundamentals of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster activities. Participants receive classroom training, with includes, demonstrations and exercises, such as fire suppression and search and rescue techniques and participate in a full-scale disaster simulation exercise. Class instruction was provided by the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management and the Sugar Land Fire Department.
Following the presentation of certificates by Alan Spears, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, graduates put their skills to the test in a mock-disaster exercise. The final exercise was conducted at Santrol’s Fresno plant, where graduates responded to a simulated disaster scene involving a tornado and partial building collapse. “We wanted the exercise to test the skills of the new CERT graduates in an environment that was familiar to them and ‘real’. I was extremely pleased that the company allowed us to use their plant location and its employees as our exercise venue,” stated Evans. Team members practiced their skills in search and rescue, disaster medical and triage, and CERT organization as they worked the scene to locate, extricate, and treat victims.
“CERT training teaches preparedness skills that every citizen needs to have and promotesthe importance of neighbor helping neighbor, in times of emergency or following a disaster,” adds Evans. “These graduates now have the knowledge and skill to provide a greater level of assistance when our first response agencies are overwhelmed and professional response assistance is delayed.”
The Community Emergency Response Team program is sponsored by Fort Bend County and facilitated through the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. For more information on the County’s volunteer programs, visit www.fbcoem.org.
Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 500,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.
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