Fresno CERT Class Begins March 10, 2015

TUESDAYTHURSDAY EVENING SERIES TO BE HELD MARCH 10 – APRIL 2

The Fresno Citizen Corps, in partnership with the City and County of Fresno and the Fresno Police and Fire Departments, is pleased to announce that Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will be offered in a Tuesday and Thursday evening series from March 10—April 2, 2015. The free 20-hour course is sponsored by CaliforniaVolunteers, the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s Office of Individual and Community Preparedness; and developed in cooperation with the Los Angeles Fire Department. The entry-level course is designed to provide basic emergency response skills, particularly those that could be essential in the initial hours after a major natural or man-made disaster; and which are also valuable in the event of a fire or other more frequently occurring emergency. The emphasis throughout the course is on preparedness and personal safety and is not intended to equip individuals to be professional rescuers.

The weeknight evening schedule has been developed to accommodate individuals in the business sector, faith community, education, community-serving organizations, 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 leather and vinyl gloves, safety glasses, first aid supplies, etc. 
 
Classes will be held at the Fresno Police Department’s main training room located at 2326 Fresno Street at the corner of N Street downtown; and Fresno Fire Department facilities downtown.  All classes will be held from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  Additional information will be provided upon registration.
 
Recent 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 or mail at their earliest convenience.
More than 1,080 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
FAX 498-1059