Ever wondered what you would do in an emergency situation? What if you could plan ahead to mitigate the consequences of an emergency or help others that were injured? Would you like to assist first responders during or following a disaster? You can.
The City of Folsom is conducting a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course. Classes will be held according to the schedule below from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for 4 weeks. Preference is given to Folsom residents and those that work in the City of Folsom. Contact the Folsom CERT Volunteer line at 916-533-4116 or by email at Folsomcert@folsom.ca.us for further information.
There is no cost for the class and each participant will receive a CERT backpack and personal protective equipment needed for this hands on curriculum. Participants must be over the age of 18 and course material will include:
Mar 23: Intro to CERT/Disaster Preparedness
Mar 30: Fire Safety
Apr 4: Disaster Medical Ops 1
Apr 6: Disaster Medical Ops 2
Apr 11: Light Search and Rescue
Apr 13: CERT Organization and Disaster Psychology
Apr 18: Terrorism and CERT/Review
Apr 25: Disaster Simulation Exercise
After completion of this 24-hour training course, the citizen is trained to assist family members and neighbors until emergency responders can arrive. This includes teaching disaster preparedness and mitigation. Most importantly, our mission is to provide meaningful follow-up training and volunteer opportunities to enhance the citizen's education and the communities we serve.
The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985 after some devastating earthquakes in Japan, Mexico, and California. The goal was to develop multi-functional volunteer response teams with the ability to perform basic fire suppression, light search and rescue and first aid that would improve the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. As a result of Sept. 11, 2001, CERT was selected as one of the primary programs of President George W. Bush's new Citizen Corps. In 2005 the CERT program became part of the Department of Homeland Security.