Be Your own Hero!Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires, and outages, or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or solution? The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Visit www.westshorecert.org (You’re already here!) for more program and team information.Do your part to keep your family and our neighborhoods safe and prepared. To register or for more information contact WSC Coordinator Dennis Kucler at (440) 465-5240 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.Training begins Saturday, February 28, 2015. The five consecutive Saturday morning classes will be held at the City of Westlake Service Center from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Download the Flyer for distribution by clicking here! December 2015 Holiday Party and Training PhotosPhotos can be found here: https://picasaweb.google.com/108940449621501225672/CERT121215The Westshore CERT has Friends in the Community (Foundation)The goal of the Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is to help citizens prepare for disasters common in the area, to have the skills to capably handle a variety of emergency situations, and to be a vital extension of emergency response services when needs outweigh resources. The goal of Cuyahoga County District 1 Council Representative Dave Greenspan’s Friends for the Community Foundation is to support, promote, and enhance the quality of life, public safety initiatives, programs, and services within the Westshore communities. The annual Friends for the Community Foundation Public Safety Charity Softball Tournament honors our hometown heroes and raises funds for the Westshore CERT and Olmsted CERT through friendly competition and family fun. At November’s Westshore Council of Governments meeting Dave Greenspan presented the teams with the grants. The WSC thanks the Friends for the Community Foundation, our participating responders, and the generous sponsors such as Morris Cadillac that make this support possible. The team continues to serve as valuable insurance for our Westshore neighborhoods, making us more disaster resistant and resilient.The 2014 annual tournament concluded June 29 with the Fairview Park Fire Department team taking home their first championship after a hard-fought battle against the Olmsted team. With many thanks to our game sponsors, here are a few photos of the action.Many thanks to Morris Cadillac Buick GMC of North Olmsted, the Westgate, Fairview Park Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3), Sea-Land Chemical, Giant Eagle, Impact Marketing, Plato’s Closet/Clothes Mentor of North Olmsted, Mark Getsay, City of Westlake Ward 6 Council Representative, and Kaylee Shaver.The Best Noses in TownIn June The WSC enjoyed a visit and presentation from members of the North Central Ohio K-9 Search and Rescue team. An all volunteer non-profit organization, the NCOK-9SAR boasts 26 canines, 24 handlers, an incident commander, and medical support staff. Maintaining a comprehensive and vigorous training program for the canines and the handlers, this insured, professional team is self-sustaining and is available 24/7. The team is experienced in field tracking, urban tracking, wilderness search & rescue, land cadaver detection, and water cadaver detection. The WSC is proud to be associated with this superb team and response resource.