As the deputy director of the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services, Sheriff John D’Agostini is pleased to announce the schedule of the 2014 Community Emergency Response Team Academy.
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The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The CERT Academy is offered to prospective CERT Volunteers through the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services in cooperation with Georgetown Fire District. The CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.
The academy consists of a total of 24 hours and will be conducted over a period of four days with topics, dates and hours as listed below:
• Thursday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Friday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Friday, May 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Saturday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Although the training is being held in Georgetown, it is open to all county residents. This training is good for all county CERT organizations.
There currently are two other community emergency response teams in El Dorado County, one in Rescue and one in Pollock Pines. For more information about this Community Emergency Response Team training or to sign up for the academy, contact Georgetown CERT volunteers Laura Webster at 530-333-0214 or Bob Maherly at 530-823-6680.