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December 24, 2004

Emergency training for hearing-impaired

From: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester,NY,USA - Dec 24, 2004

Staff reports

(December 24, 2004) — Deaf volunteers are being sought for free training to prepare in the event of a community emergency.

Monroe County's Community Emergency Response Team is offering the training to community members willing to assist officials in the event of terrorist attacks, other man-made calamities or natural disasters.

A training course in sign language, the first of its kind, will run from 6 to 10 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 25 through March 8 at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1190 Scottsville Road, Chili.

Participants must complete all training modules in the seven weeks to graduate and will receive a certificate and a CERT kit, with a helmet, goggles, flashlight, vest and basic first aid supplies.

The county's CERT program is part of its Citizen Corps, a national initiative that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The classes are funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Space is limited to 25 people, and the deadline to register is Jan. 18.

To register, contact program coordinator Glenn Greibus at or (585) 279-4116 (voice calls).

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