Last Friday, the Hope Center invited its clients and guests to take some time out of their day to learn how to prepare for an emergency.
Guest speakers at this month’s presentation were Ken Dieball, lead instructor, and Peggy Spraker, events coordinator, Ridgecrest First Aid and Disaster Preparedness, who spoke about essential items to have on hand in case of a fire.
Dieball has over 20 years of disaster experience and has served the American Red Cross for over 21 years.
âI have responded to over 40 major disasters. This is what I do. This is what I know,â Dieball said.
The overall goal of the All Volunteer Group is to help local residents and neighboring areas prepare before, during and after a disaster, including natural and man-made, in addition to standard first aid and CPR.
âOur commitment is to provide information and training to those who wish to survive a disaster and possibly help others,â said Dieball.
The Ridgecrest First Aid and Disaster Preparedness offers a wide range of courses and presentations using up-to-date manuals and materials that support the practical part of the teaching.
All instructors are certified in First Aid, CPR and AED for Adults, Children and Infants by the Institute for Emergency Care and Safety. Upon completion, students in First Aid, CPR, and AED courses receive a certificate of completion.
Other areas of service include fire safety, disaster preparedness training, faith-based training, child and youth disaster training, the Wilderness Boy Scout First Air, and an Operations Communication course. amateur radio and CB radio.
âPlus, we teach you how to build kits for your pets,â Spraker said. âAbove all, we stress how to be prepared. How to be prepared.â
During Friday’s presentation, attendees learned what to put in a disaster preparedness safety kit.
âWe don’t charge for our services. When we do a first aid course, we charge $ 20 to replace the books we give them,â said Dieball who himself has suffered from hurricanes, tornadoes and even a volcanic disaster. . “There is a lot that people don’t know. We just like to help the community.”
For more information on Ridgecrest’s first aid and disaster preparedness, call 760-608-3198.