CERT to offer basic course

Peggy McGee

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be offering its final basic training course starting on October 10. Students will meet in the evenings on October 10, 11, 17 and 18. The final class will take place on Saturday morning, October 20. All sessions will meet at the Green Valley Fire District HQ, 1285 W Camino Encanto.

This free five-day course will cover disaster preparedness, terrorism, disaster medical operations, community planning, psychological reaction to disasters and many more topics. The course is designed to prepare anyone over the age of 18 to help family and neighbors until first responders arrive.

To register for this free course, please use the Contact Us form on the website, www.ggvcert.com. Deadline for registration is October 8. Questions, contact Paul at [email protected] You can also follow Green Valley CERT on Facebook.

Everyone who completes the course and joins CERT will receive a certificate from the Green Valley Fire District as well as a CERT t-shirt.

Throughout the year, CERT members receive monthly training in radio operations, search and rescue, basic medical care. Last year CERT members assisted in a firefighter training exercise by checking vital signs to ensure the firefighters were fit to enter a mock smoke-filled room with zero visibility to rescue victims.

Consider joining other Quail Creek residents who stand ready to help others in time of emergency.