Wednesday, March 19, 2014

City’s Office of Emergency Management to Hold April CERT Training

On Saturday, April 12, the City’s Office of Emergency Management will begin the next session of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training classes.

In the aftermath of a disaster when people feel compelled to help their community and neighbors, the skills that the CERT program teaches become invaluable. The City’s Office of Emergency Management maintains a robust CERT program, which has many active members that assist during non-emergency events. The CERT training program is designed to educate people about disaster preparedness and hazards that may impact their area. The program trains participants 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.

Class Dates: April 12, 19 and 26 (All Saturdays)

Time:              9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location:        Richmond Ambulance Authority
                        2400 Hermitage Road

Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 4, 2014

To register for the upcoming CERT Training class, call (804) 646-2504 or visit www.RichmondGov.com/fire/EM_Cert.aspx. You can also download the registration form at www.richmondgov.com/fire/documents/CERTRegistrationForm.pdf.

If you are unable to participate in the April training classes but still want to join the Richmond CERT team, there will be another class offering in August.