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TEEN CERT Program to Train St. Charles County, MO Residents and Local Area Boy Scout Troops
No. 1 Mid America Teen Community Emergency Response Team program to train city residents and Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts
By: Mid America TEEN CERT
This course is open to residents of Wentzville and surrounding communities, schools and service groups or organizations, such as HOSA, NHS, Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H, etc. Mid America educates both teen and adult students how to assist in the event of an emergency or natural disaster; in fact, more than one-third of the programs' 1500+ graduates are 18 years and older. The TEEN CERT program, which trains on average seven to eight classes a year, currently has a 4-year backlog to take the course.
Throughout the 24-hour training, students learn how to handle medical emergencies, extinguish live fires and perform extensive student searches. Most importantly, students learn to manage stress, assist with peers and people with special and functional physical needs, and recognize signs and symptoms of disaster-related psychological issues. The class culminates with a full-scale, real-time, life-like simulated disaster exercise that will showcase the newly learned emergency skills of the students.
Last year, the City of Wentzville voted to collaborate with the Mid America TEEN CERT program, in order to offer the community more options for citizen awareness and emergency preparation training, Mayor Nick Guccione hopes that by MATC partnering with the Wentzville Police Department CERT, both teen and adult citizens can now take the training, and will help Wentzville strengthen its overall community preparedness.
One thing that makes MATC unique is that the standard curriculum also includes additional disaster-related topics, such as requirements from several Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit and interest project badges. For example, in addition to a Boy Scout receiving a state-issued TEEN CERT certificate of program completion, they have the opportunity to earn their Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Fire Safety, Safety, Disabilities Awareness, Search and Rescue and Wilderness Survival merit badges. Girl Scouts can earn interest project badges in Emergency Preparedness, Outdoor Survival, Backpacking and Camping.
In May, Mid America was chosen for the second year straight as the number one Emergency Preparedness Program and Youth Program in Missouri and the number one Child and Youth Emergency Preparedness Program and Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness in America.
For more information about CERT and TEEN CERT classes, please contact Joseph Right at the Wentzville Police Department, Joseph.Right@
Page Updated Last on: Aug 18, 2016