March Training Sessions Offered For CERTS Participants

Published by The Bee News

January 9, 2023

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MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (January 9, 2023) –The Mohave County Department of Risk and Emergency Management is offering new training sessions in March for individuals interested in becoming volunteers under the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.

CERT is a national community preparedness program operated under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps Council. It is a training program for community members interested in helping to support preparedness activities and community welfare and in participating in recovery efforts following a local disaster.

CERT participants receive training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, first aid, disaster psychology, team organization and disaster preparedness. Instructors are skilled and experienced members of the first responder and emergency management community.

After Hurricane Nora in 1996, Mohave County created its CERT Program to enhance emergency preparedness and increase community education, awareness and outreach. Over the years, many communities have developed and implemented CERT’s as an effective means of assisting their local fire departments.

CERT volunteers receive an initial 20 hours of training in basic disaster and emergency response skills before becoming county emergency workers in Emergency Management or disaster first responders supporting local fire service agencies.

Classes will be held March 17, March 18, March 24, and March 25.  The classes on Friday March 17 and March 24 will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The classes on Saturday March 18 and March 25 will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Training will be located at the Mohave County Administrative Facility, 700 W Beale Street, Kingman, Arizona.

Those interested in attending this free training course, should please contact the Mohave County Department of Risk and Emergency Management by e-mail at emsm@mohave.gov or call

(928) 753-0739.

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