Fire Safety Training

February 18, 2012 Updated Feb 18, 2012 at 10:53 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 18, 2012 Updated Feb 18, 2012 at 10:53 PM EDT

ELMA, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Over 100 southtowns residents got an important lesson in emergency preparedness Saturday.

West Seneca and Elma emergency management teams taught the residents fire safety disaster preparedness.

The residents also got caught up with search and rescue procedures.

The community response training was originally developed by FEMA to make entire towns and villages safer.

Gregory Butcher, Deputy Commissioner for Erie County Emergency Services told Eyewitness News, "This is probably the largest effort we've ever seen in Western New York to educate the public on citizen preparedness. We think this is an incredible opportunity that has been put forth for these people."

The community emergency response team training is designed to protect areas in the event of natural disasters and attack.