LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE
DATE/TIME: 021499/2100PST
RELEASE: 99-28


MEDIA ADVISORY


CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE TRAINING
FOR LOCAL "CITIZENS EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM" ON MONDAY

Image a large scale disaster, such as a major earthquake, to occur in the Las
Vegas Valley. Most likely, everyday utilities such as electricity and water
would not be available. Buildings and bridges might collapse preventing
emergency workers to reach certain areas of the city. Countless people are
calling for help, overwhelming all of the emergency agencies in the Valley.
Even under best conditions, it will be 10-12 hours before more emergency teams
can arrive from Phoenix or Los Angeles.

Citizens of the city would have to rely on themselves until help can come. To
make sure that an adequate number of trained citizens are available, the Las
Vegas Fire Department will begin a "pilot" program to train citizens on how to
assist during major a emergency or disaster. The new program is called
"Community Emergency Response Team" or CERT. The program will train 13
residents of Sun City Summerlin in disaster preparedness, basic fire
suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue techniques, and
disaster psychology.

The program is already underway in Utah and California and has proved highly
successful.

WHAT: DISASTER SKILLS TRAINING FOR CITIZENS
WHEN: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1999 / 1:30-4:30 P.M.
WHERE: SUN CITY SUMMERLIN -DESERT VISTA COMMUNITY CENTER Committee Room,
10360 SUN CITY BLVD (at intersection of Thomas Ryan Blvd.)
WHO: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue personnel and Sun City resident volunteers
WHY: To organize a Citizens Emergency Response Team

MEDIA NOTE: Bob Cullins, Emergency Management Coordinator for the Las Vegas
Fire Department will be your point of contact at this event. He will handle
all of your media requests.

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