Wolfforth to Host Trailer for the South Plains Citizen Corps

Thursday, 13 May 2010

By Karen Michael, FrenshipToday.com

Wolfforth Mayor L.C. Childers received the keys Tuesday morning to a Haulmark transport trailer, which the city of Wolfforth will house for the South Plains Citizen Corps.

The trailer will be used to house and transport training materials for citizen volunteer groups including Fire Corps, Medical Reserve Corps, Volunteers in Police Service, USAonwatch.org and Community Emergency Response Team.

Charles Brown, the volunteer regional director of Fire Corp, said out of 24 regional council of government organizations in Texas, only the South Plain Association of Governments received a trailer this year.

Rosalyn Martinez said the Citizen Corps was an initiative under former President George W. Bush’s administration after Sept. 11, 2001. People wanted desperately to help in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., but didn’t know any skills.

“It is actually a patriotic program,” she said. “This is what our country is depending on, the desire to help someone else.”

Martinez said she wants those who desire to help out to call South Plains Association of Governments.

“I want to make sure people know we’re here to offer free training,” she said.

Brown said people who receive training through groups like the Community Emergency Response Team will learn basic medical and rescue skills. They will be able to report to the command chief in an emergency and begin helping.

“This is to train people to be that very, very first emergency response,” said Brown. “We’re trying to train them and get them ahead of the game.”

Brown said the South Plains Citizen Corps will focus first on building the Community Emergency Response Team, and move on to the other teams later. Training for the team will involve a 16-hour course, he said, noting that the instructors will be working on a volunteer basis as well.

“They’re trained, not to the level of a firefighter, but to help,” said Brown.

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