|In late October, the City of Chula Vista Fire Department will host a CERT Academy 5 training session. The CERT program educates Chula Vista residents about disaster preparedness and recovery and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, terrorism and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and actual disaster scenarios, members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
CERT training is free for Chula Vista residents 18 years of age or older, and a background check will be conducted. There are many jobs within Chula Vista CERT for someone who wants to be involved and help. Following a disaster, Chula Vista CERT members are needed for documentation, comforting others, logistics, etc. Non-disaster related team activities include keeping databases, website development, newsletter, planning activities, community outreach, and preparedness education.
Training dates are October 19, 26, and November 2, held at Chula Vista Fire Station #4, located at 850 Paseo Ranchero. Attendees must attend all three days to graduate from the Academy. For more information and to register, go to www.chulavistaca.gov/city_services/administrative_services/human_resources/Volunteers/CERT.asp or contact Hugo Bermudez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: September 30, 2013