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Food Awareness and Safety Training (FAST) Class

The FAST course was developed to teach proper food handling techniques. The course targets volunteers and non-profit sponsored events that are held within the Uncas Health District.

The 2-hour class teaches the importance of food safety in preventing foodborne illnesses. The cost of this class is $25.00 per person (non-refundable). Students are provided with knowledge of major diseases such as E.coli and Salmonella and the importance of personal hygiene, hand washing, and proper temperature control during food preparation. Also taught are appropriate methods for receiving, storing, preparing and cooking food items. Finally, students gain knowledge about effective methods of cleaning and sanitizing equipment.

Agencies applying for temporary event permits in the future will Not be exempted from completing an application but The fee and inspection will be waived if the Applicant can document a FAST Class or Qualified Food Operator (QFO) trained individual as the person attending and responsible FOR the event.

The next FAST class will be:

DATE:              Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TIME:              6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WHERE:           East Great Plains Fire Department

   488 New London Turnpike

   Norwich, CT  06360


Registration is required prior to the class - REGISTRATION FORM

Uncas Health District periodically offers ServSafe classes. ServSafe® meets the CT Public Health Code requirements for Qualified Food Operator certification for Class III & IV food service establishments. A ServSafe national certified instructors and registered examination proctors will teach the course to individuals seeking to become qualified food operators.

The training course cost is $145.00 per person and includes a ServSafe® Manager textbook, ServSafe diagnostic/practice test, full day course (8:00 am – 4:00 pm), examination, and a ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certificate (for individuals who pass the exam).  The certificate is available online to the passing participant approximately 2 weeks after the course is taken.   The retest fee for failed exams is available for $72.50.

All materials should be reviewed prior to the class. The instructor will assume the student has read the textbook and completed the included Diagnostic Test before attending the course. For this reason, NO WALK INS are permitted.

Cancellation Policy: This class is non-refundable, if you need to reschedule for any reason you must do so within 5 days of your scheduled class to be moved to another date. 

NEXT CLASS DATE IS Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - click here for REGISTRATION FORM


The Teen Oureach Program is a working partnership with Norwich Public Schools, ASPIRE After School Program, Uncas Health District, and the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

The Teen Outreach Program was introduced in 1978 and is nationally recognized as a proven model effective in promoting the positive growth and development of youth. The program is offered in 17 states in the United States and reaches over 15,000 youths.

Evidence has shown that teens that complete this program have:

52% lower risk of school suspension

60% lower risk of course failure

53% lower risk of pregnancy

The program focuses on self-awareness and coping skills to deal with emotions that arise from peer pressures and accepting responsibility for yourself and your own choices; healthy behaviors in exploration of values, goal setting, life skills and relationships; creating a safe place for youth to participate and discuss difficult issues.

The Teen Outreach Program's primary intervention strategy is based in Community Service Learning (CLS)/Volunteering. CLS is a teaching method and youth development approach that enriches learning by engaging youth in meaningful direct, in-direct of civic action (advocacy)service i their schools and communities.

To learn more about the program offered in the Norwich Public Schools, please contact Patrick McCormack, DOH at 860-823-1189 Ext. 112

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based volunteer organization sponsored by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers. As a member of your local Medical Reserve Corps, you will be trained and ready to help your community in times of emergency. You also get the opportunity to support other public health activities such as health screenings and educational events.

The MRC welcomes medical, health, and non-medical volunteers. Eligible individuals include:

  • Practicing or retired medical and health professionals, i.e., doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists, nurse assistants, and others
  • Public health professionals
  • Members of the helping professions, i.e., behavioral/mental health, social services, judicial, and finance
  • Volunteers from the trades and those with other skills
  • Anyone who wants to help
  • United States citizenship is not required to join the Medical Reserve Corps. Non-citizen, legal U.S. residents are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

For more information please visit the Medical Reserve Corps website at

Free training will be provided to all volunteers. In the case of an emergency, volunteers always have the right to decline for any reason. If you do respond to our call, you are protected from liability.

Want to be a part of something big? Join your local MRC!

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401 West Thames Street - Suite 106Norwich, CT 06360 860-823-1189