The City of Independence Fire Department’s Emergency Preparedness Division will once again host classes for FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. The program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced. Since 1993, CERT has impacted communities across the country, building essentials skills and capabilities to prepare for and respond to any disaster. There are now CERT programs in all 50 states, including many tribal nations and U.S. territories. Each program is unique to its community but all essential to building a culture of preparedness.
Beginning February 6 and running through March 27, the weekly classes will be held at the Independence Emergency Operations Center, located in Fire Station 1, 950 N. Spring St. from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The final class will be a disaster simulation in which participants will practice the skills they have developed in the previous sessions.