CERT (FEMA Link) 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.
The Green Valley Fire District Board of Directors recognized John McGee for his leadership and dedication to the Greater Green Valley Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) program since taking on the position of president.
McGee has been instrumental in ensuring CERT members are provided with monthly training and he has helped keep the CERT program involved with numerous public outreach programs and events. He has also spearheaded fundraisers and applied for grants to help sustain the areas’s CERT program. McGee, center, was honored Wednesday by GVFD Chief Chuck Wunder, Left, and GVFD Community Outreach Coordinator LT Pratt.
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.