CERT Academy gears up for training

A series of sold out sessions, starting this week, is ready to train up the next set of community volunteers on the skills needed for emergency response.

Starting Tuesday, January 14, and running over six nightly sessions and a final skills exercise, the trainees are hoping to qualify for the Campbell Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which is tasked with assisting in emergency and disaster response situations, where it can take up to 72 hours for standard services to be restored.

The training is open to individuals who live or work within the communities served by Santa Clara County Fire Department: Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the unincorporated surrounding areas. SCCFD is organizing and running the activities.

This week’s session, which sold-out well in advance costs $35 but comes with protective equipment including gloves and a hard hat.

Attendees will learn how to prepare their homes and workplaces for emergencies, basic medical skills, search and rescue tactics, damage assessment skills, and how to operate a fire extinguisher.

Another class, later in 2020 is set for Los Gatos / Monte Sereno.

SCCFD is hosting this week’s event at Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave.

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