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1/16/2014 - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training To Begin On March 1, 2014

The Fairfield Office ofEmergency Management and the Fairfield Citizen Corps Council will sponsor Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to begin March 1, 2014. The training is free and applicants must be at l east 18 years of age. The training focuses on disaster preparedness and emergency response skills, as well as special training to aid in sheltering operations. The training program will take place Saturdays 8 a.m . to 2 p.m. from March 1st through March 29th. All classes must be completed. Advance registration is required.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program of the Citizen Corps, a nationwide program supported by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection . The purpose of CERT and the Citizen Corps is to train community members in emergency preparedness to support local emergency re s ponders as volunteers for disaster relief and community safety. CERT operates under the direction of the Town of Fairfield Emergency Management.

The state-approved curriculum for basic training includes Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism. In addition, classes will be given in shelter operations and pet sheltering, which is a critical need should people with companion pets be evacuated to a local shelter. The CERT training is scheduled at the Fire Training Center in Fairfield on One Rod Highway . Graduates of the program who join the CERT team in Fairfield will be issued CERT identification and a backpack with basic equipment. Team members will be qualified to assist in operating a shelter during a major emergency as well as supporting emergency responders in various roles. The Fairfield team members will be eligible to participate in additional CERT training events in Connecticut.

Class size is limited. For more information and registration forms contact Norma Peterson, Coordinator, Fairfield Citizen Corps Council, at citizencorps@optonline.net or telephone 203.255.3554. Forms can also be picked up at the Fairfield Fire Department Headquarters at 140 Reef Road in Fairfield. Advance registration is required .