March CERT course planned

Peggy McGee

Was the last time you learned some basic first aid techniques when you were in scouts? Do you know how to cut off the gas to your house in case of an emergency? Do you like to help others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic training course might be ideal for you to either brush up on your skills or learn them from scratch.

The next CERT course will be held from 5:30-9:00 p.m. on March 7, 8, 14 and 15. On March 17 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., there will be a written test and practical exercise followed by a pizza graduation party. All classes will be held 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.

While a background in disaster management or a medical field is a plus, it is certainly not mandatory. 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, The deadline for registration is March 5. 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.

Please consider joining Quail Creek residents Kathe and Dave Alves, Rich Diou, Jamee Kahn, John and Peggy McGee, and Ray Trombino by learning how to be ready to assist others in times of emergency.