The City of Santa Clarita is offering a seven-week emergency response program to teach SCV residents how to survive disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hazardous incidents, and other life-threatening situations.
Taught by Los Angeles County Firefighters, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program will teach participants will to treat life-threatening injuries through the “Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment” method used by professional first responders. By the end of the course, trainees will be able to identify the proper courses of action based on the disaster situation they face.
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CERT also incorporates table top exercises and realistic simulations to illustrate topics such as search and rescue operations, terrorism, disaster psychology, and medical operations. The program requires no previous knowledge and trainees must be 18 years or older to participate.
“The City believes that it’s important to keep our community informed about emergency preparedness,” said City Mayor Bob Kellar, adding that the CERT program “provides residents with information and the basic skills needed to prepare and stay safe during any natural disaster.”
The Santa Clarita CERT Spring session will take place on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning Thursday, April 4, through May 16. Interested participants can register online here. The cost is $30.00 per person which includes all course materials and equipment. For more information on the CERT program, call (661) 250-3708 or visit Santa-clarita.com/emergency
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