Santa Clarita residents interested in learning life-saving emergency skills can sign up for the city’s Community Emergency Response Training, or CERT, program classes to be held in April, city of Santa Clarita officials announced Monday.
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The classes are held once a week for seven weeks and teach basic survival skills that can be crucial during disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods and other life-threatening situations, according to a news release by the city of Santa Clarita.
The next seven-week course is scheduled to begin April 3 and will take place Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. at the city’s Transit Maintenance Facility, located at 28250 Constellation Road.
“It’s been proven that preparedness is really what saves lives when it comes to emergencies,” said Christina McGoldrick, a spokeswoman for the city of Santa Clarita. “In addition to having important resources, fire (department) and sheriff’s (deputies), it’s important to also have informed citizens who know what to do when an emergency happens.”
The program is an interactive training series that uses lectures, videos, skills assessments and demonstrations to teach important skills needed to act quickly during an emergency, as well as the importance of preplanning and contingency planning for a crisis, city officials said.
Skills residents can expect to learn by the end of the program include CPR, the treatment of life-threatening conditions through a method used by first responders called Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment and the ability to identify the proper courses of action and organize available resources according to the appropriate disaster situation, according to the news release. A disaster simulation is also planned for the final class meeting.
Classes are instructed by Santa Clarita firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, city officials said.
There is a $30.00 per person equipment fee and participants must be 18 years or older. No previous knowledge is required to participate.
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