CERT trains and organizes teams of volunteers that provide assistance to their communities before, during, and after disasters.
CERT volunteers help others following disasters when professional responders are not immediately available to help, and supplement and support the efforts of professional responders upon their arrival.
Volunteers also support emergency response agencies by organizing and participating in local preparedness projects and initiatives. The CERT program educates participants about how to prepare for hazards that may impact their communities and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Community Emergency Response Team training is offered twice a year in Green Valley/Sahuarita. The second session this year will begin on October 9th and sign-ups are now being accepted.
The training prepares residents with the skills and confidence to respond to emergencies and to assist the fire department in the event of a disaster. Classroom sessions and exercises include disaster preparedness, disaster psychology, disaster medical, light search and rescue and fire safety. The training is free and there is no requirement to become a CERT member.
Training will be held at the Green Valley Fire District Training Center, 1285 West Camino Encanto, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on October 9, 10, 16, and 17, with a practical exercise and graduation on Saturday a.m. October 19th. For more information and to sign-up please visit our Contact page.