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.
CERT will be offering its Basic Training course in March. This free course will prepare the graduates to help their families and neighbors in time of a natural or man-made disaster.
Classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. on March 6, 7, 13 and 14. The final class that includes a practical exercise will take place on Saturday, March 16 from 9-noon. A celebratory pizza party will take place after the exercise. All sessions will meet at the Green Valley Fire District HQ, 1285 W Camino Encanto.
For more information on how you can become CERT trained, please contact Green Valley CERT President, John McGee, at 520-207-6188 or Green Valley CERT Vice President, Doug Dorsey, at 520-829-7867.