As the Deputy Director of the El Dorado County Office of
Emergency Services, Sheriff John D’Agostini is please to announce the schedule
of the 2013 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program
educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their
area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety,
light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members
can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when
professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members
also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more
active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The CERT Academy will be offer to prospective CERT
Volunteers through the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services (OES). The
CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the
people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of
neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills.
CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for
their area. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s
professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic
response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These
skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.
CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.
The Academy consists of a total of 24 hours and will be
conducted over a period of four (4) days with topics, dates and hours as listed
12, 2013 6pm to 10pm Emergency Preparedness and the CERT
13, 2013 8am to 5pm Fire Safety and Medical Operations.
19, 2013 6pm to 10pm Light Search and Rescue and Disaster
20, 2013 8am to 5pm Terrorism, a Course Review and a
For more information about the Community Response Team or
to sign up for the academy, contact Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cathey in the Office
of Emergency Services at 530-621-7660, email: firstname.lastname@example.org