Fresno CERT Offers Accelerated Training Series August 6-13, 2016

The Fresno Citizen Corps, in partnership with the City of Fresno and the Fresno Police and Fire Departments, is pleased to announce that Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will be offered in an accelerated series on Saturday, August 6 and 13, and Monday-Thursday evenings in between. The free 20-hour course is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security—Office of Individual and Community Preparedness, CaliforniaVolunteers and developed by FEMA in cooperation with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

This entry-level course is designed to provide community members with basic emergency response skills, particularly those that would be essential in the initial hours after a major natural or man-made disaster; and that are also valuable in the event of a fire or other more frequently occurring emergency. The course covers disaster preparedness, fire safety and small fire suppression (extinguishers), triage, disaster first aid, light search and rescue (urban), team organization/Incident Command, disaster psychology, terrorism awareness and a final exercise.

This accelerated 8-day schedule has been developed to accommodate individuals in community-serving organizations, the business sector, faith community, education, government agencies and others.  There is no registration fee and all printed course materials will be provided. Personal safety is the cornerstone of CERT training—participants will be required to bring some personal protective equipment, such as a flashlight, leather and vinyl gloves, safety glasses, first aid supplies, etc.; and a 2” binder.  The emphasis throughout the course is on preparedness and personal safety and is not intended to equip individuals to be professional rescuers.

Classes will be held at the Fresno Police Department’s main training room located at 2326 Fresno Street at the corner of N Street; and Fresno Fire Department headquarters at 911 H Street. The Saturday classes will be held from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM; and the weeknight courses will be held from 6:00-8:30 PM. (There will be no class on Friday, August, 12.) Additional information will be provided upon registration. A course description, complete schedule and an application form are attached. 

Recent serious fires, drought, extreme weather, terrorist attacks and other natural and man-made events have heightened interest in disaster preparedness and response, and the course is expected to fill very quickly. Space is limited, and interested individuals are encouraged to return the attached application form by email at their earliest convenience.

More than 1,100 local area residents and more than 500,000 people nationwide have completed CERT training to date.  We hope that you will consider participating in this valuable training opportunity, and take this important step toward personal, family and organizational preparedness.

Carla R. Glazebrook
Fresno Citizen Corps
Emergency and Volunteer Services
2323 Mariposa Mall, Room 205
Fresno, CA  93721
(559) 621-2328