When disaster strikes or health emergencies arise, public safety and health organizations often rely on Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers to augment their own resources.
The federally sponsored CERT Program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness and response. Drawing on their classroom training and field exercises, CERT volunteers can be an important component of a community’s emergency response capabilities.
If you would like to participate in the CERT Program, the Yarmouth-Dennis Regional CERT Council invites you to apply for a new training class offered free of charge running from March 19 to April 30, 2013.
The class will meet weekly in the meeting room at Yarmouth Fire Station 2, 340 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port. Topics covered include disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search-and-rescue operations, disaster psychology, and terrorism. The training will conclude with a dynamic, realistic field exercise.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older though consideration is given to those between the ages of 16 and 18 who have signed parental permission to participate in CERT. All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.
CERT applications are available at the headquarters of the Yarmouth and Dennis Police and Fire departments.
Completed applications and signed CORI forms must be mailed or delivered by March 8, 2013, to Yarmouth Fire Department headquarters at 96 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664.
To request application materials or for more information, please e-mail e-mail or contact team coordinator Gaynor Foster at 508-367-9970. You can also download the application packet by visiting the CERT page at www.yarmouthfire.com/