CERT Training Offered, Seeks Sign-Ups

Sacramento Region, CA  |  Special Release from Sac Metro Fire Dept

Sacramento County, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department (Metro Fire) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is having an introductory (Basic) training open to the public this September.

Citizens may take the class just for their own information, they may also take the class as the first step in becoming a member of the Metro Fire CERT program. As a member, participants are eligible to attend additional training including: advanced Medical Training, Severe Weather / Downed Lines Training, and Sandbag Training; to name a few. Mentorship and support is provided throughout this process to help all interested volunteers become active members of the program.

Metro Fire CERT members have served in numerous capacities including staffing the Sacramento County Emergency Operation Center, Sacramento County Sand Bag Stations and deployment to areas impacted by wild fire. CERT members also volunteer numerous hours within local communities for events including but not limited to: Capital Air Show, Hot August Bites, Special Olympics Softball, Rancho Cordova 4th of July, and Eppie's Great Race. During all events CERT members serve as Outreach liaisons and Stand-By First Aid.

The Metro Fire CERT Basic Training Includes: What your local risks are and what you need to do to prepare; How to manage utilities, hazardous materials, and put out small fires using the appropriate Fire Extinguisher; How to use "START Triage" and how to treat the "Three Medical Killers" by: opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; How to provide basic medical aid; How to effectively search for and rescue victims safely; How to organize yourself and spontaneous volunteers to be effective as a team and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts; Disaster Psychology; Terrorism.

The dates are: Thursday September 21st,  Saturday September 23rd , Thursday September 28th,  Saturday September 30th. There is no cost for this training.

For more information about this program, please email metrofirecert@gmail.com.