CERT to Offer Basic Course

John McGee

Mark your calendars. The Greater Green Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be offering another basic training course in the spring. The training will be in two phases, online and in-person. The online section of the training will be available starting March 1. Students must complete the online training by April 8. Online training topics include disaster preparedness, CERT organization, disaster medical, disaster psychology, fire safety, light search and rescue and CERT, and terrorism. The online training will take approximately 12 hours to complete. To register for the course, visit the CERT website at https://ggvcert.com and complete the “Contact Us” form.

During the second phase, under the supervision of a trained coach, students will demonstrate knowledge gained and skills learned during Phase I. Although the exact dates and time have not yet been determined, the in-person course is expected to be offered starting in early April. The Phase II sessions will be held at the Green Valley Fire District Training Center at 1285 W. Camino Encanto. To graduate, students must attend each session.

After completing the free training, there is no obligation to join CERT or to respond to a community emergency. The CERT course will benefit anyone who takes it. CERT training will increase one’s ability and confidence to safely help self, family, and neighbors. However, those who do join will receive a CERT kit and t-shirt. Please consider becoming a CERT member to be in a better position to help your family and fellow Quail Creek residents in case of an emergency.