Santa Clarita residents looking to learn life-saving emergency skills can sign up for the City’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program. The seven-week course will take place on Thursdays nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning on April 3 at the Transit Maintenance Facility.
CERT is an interactive training series integrating lectures, videos, skills assessments and demonstrations to empower residents with important skills needed to act quickly during emergencies. The program focuses on comprehensive emergency preparedness education and emphasizes the importance of preplanning and contingency planning to ensure the safety of family, friends and co-workers during times of crises.
Participants will practice treating life-threatening conditions through a method used by first responders called Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (S.T.A.R.T). By the end of the course, trainees will be able to identify the proper courses of action and organize available resources according to the appropriate disaster situation.
The CERT program is certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and requires no previous knowledge to participate. Participants must be 18 years or older. Classes are instructed by local fire fighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Registration for the CERT program is now open, with a $30 per person equipment fee. Residents can register online until spaces are filled at Santa-Clarita.com/Seasons.
For more information on the CERT program, call (661) 250-3708 or visit Santa-Clarita.com/Emergency