Artesia city officials will host several CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team, training sessions during the month of February.
The CERT program prepares people on how to respond to disasters so they can help assist others in their neighborhood or workplace in case of an emergency when first responders are not immediately able to help to reach your community.
Emergency personnel say the CERT members play an essential role in helping communities begin the recovery process following major emergency events.
Training dates are Feb. 1, 8, and 15. Times are 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Latecomers will not be admitted. The training is scheduled to be held Artesia Park in the Community Center, Room A, 18750 Clarkdale Ave.
The training is free. Among the topics to be discussed are:
- Disaster Fire Suppression
- Disaster Medical Operations I
- Disaster Medical Operations II
- Light Search and Rescue Operations
- Disaster Psychology and Organization
- Course Review and Simulation
Participants are required to wear closed toed shoes and long pants for safety reasons. The course will be held on three consecutive Saturdays and you must attend all three sessions to receive your CERT certification. Participants must be 18 years old.