More than 40 emergency responders, including fire and police officers, are better equipped to handle emergencies after a recent series of training sessions, officials said.

The responders completed intensive training courses in water safety and rescue; vehicle extrication; and incident command systems, according to Government Information Services.

Certificates and awards were distributed during a ceremony last Thursday at the Road Town Fire Station, and Governor Boyd McCleary congratulated participants.

“In many cases, the response time and the skill of first responders in extricating persons from vehicles will mean the difference between life and death,” Mr. McCleary said. “With 12 of you now certified to conduct vehicle extrication, it certainly boosts the capacity of your respective departments.”

Department of Disaster Management Director Sharleen DaBreo said ongoing training is essential for first responders.

She added that June was a particularly busy month for the department, as it was responsible for coordinating six courses, during which 73 people were trained.