ERT Will Go Forward this Fall

June 11, 2020 Update



ERT Update



Program director Chris Dyck is planning for a regular semester delivery for the Emergency Rescue Technician program this September. ERT training largely takes place outdoors, which reduces risk and allows for easier physical distancing among students. Class sizes for ERT courses are capped at 20 students, who are further divided into two 10-student field crews, making physical distancing achievable in both field and classroom setting.

Chris plans to implement new COVID-19 protocols with his ERT cohort, including daily morning health checks and safety measures in the field: housing students in individual tents, and making sure students are supplied with hand washing/sanitizing equipment.

“First responder training is essential right now,” comments Chris Dyck. “We want to be in full production as the job demand may explode. Unless otherwise ordered by public health officials, the ERT program will be in operation.”

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