City of San Marcos to offer free emergency response training
The City of San Marcos, in partnership with Palomar College, will be sponsoring a tuition-free, ten-part Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training series on consecutive Saturday and Sundays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm beginning Saturday, Oct. 13 and running through Saturday, Oct. 27.
“This is a crucial community public safety program because CERT members assist during large-scale disasters,” explained San Marcos Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Division Chief Dave Pender. “First responders can sometimes become overwhelmed with requests during the first few hours of an emergency response.”
With recent disaster events across the nation and devastating wildfires throughout California that serve as reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness, CERT training includes courses in disaster preparedness, fire safety, terrorism, light search and rescue, basic disaster response skills and disaster medical operations to prepare individuals to tend to themselves and their family members, neighbors, or coworkers during crisis events.
“Together, the San Marcos CERT team and an educated community will be a vital piece to the survival and recovery of our region in the event of a disaster,” said Pender.
Culminating in a disaster response scenario, successful CERT graduates will receive a certificate of completion in the non-credit Palomar College course and an invitation to join the San Marcos CERT team. CERT team members are issued equipment kits, attend periodic Saturday morning training refreshers sessions and participate in rescue drills with the San Marcos Fire Department.
CERT team members must be more than 18 years of age and a resident of San Marcos after completing the entire training series. Registration is limited to 40 participants.
To register for CERT training, please call (760) 744-1050 ext. 3414. For more information, visit www.san-marcos.net/CERT for more information.