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2019 class graduates from C.E.R.T.
Eleven community members graduated from C.E.R.T. during a graduation ceremony on Nov. 13 at Dawson County Fire Station 2. - Photo courtesy of Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services

Eleven members of the Dawson County community graduated from the Community Emergency Response (C.E.R.T.) program last night at Fire Station 2.

Fire Chief Danny Thompson officiated the ceremony, welcoming 11 new members to the emergency response team on Nov. 13.

The graduates completed nine weeks of training in incident command, basic first aid, search and rescue, fire control and other emergency response topics under the instruction of Charley Hogwood.

The C.E.R.T. program offers a comprehensive approach to volunteer training and organization that community members can use during disaster situations. This, in turn, allows the professional first responders to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, Dawson County’s capability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is enhanced.

If anyone is interested in completing C.E.R.T., follow Dawson County Emergency Services Facebook page at for updates on the next class in 2020.