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Community Emergency Response Team Academy

As the deputy director of the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services, Sheriff John D’Agostini has announced the schedule of the 2013 Community Emergency Response Team Academy.

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The CERT Academy will be offer to prospective CERT volunteers through the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services. The CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

The academy consists of a total of 24 hours and will be conducted over a period of four (4) days with topics, dates and hours as listed below:

Friday, April 12, 6 to 10 p.m.: Emergency preparedness and the CERT organization.

Saturday, April 13. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Fire safety and medical operations.

Friday, April 19, 6 to 10 p.m.: Light search and rescue and disaster psychology

Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Terrorism, a course review and a disaster simulation

For more information about the Community Response Team or to sign up for the academy, contact Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cathey in the Office of Emergency Services at (530) 621-7660 or catheym@edso.org.

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