Applicants sought for emergency response training
City officials are encouraging residents to enroll in the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course. This free training will be held on 10 consecutive Saturdays from September 10 to November 12. Classes run from 8:30 to 11 am.
The CERT course curriculum covers topics including emergency preparedness, fire safety, emergency medical operations for one or multiple victims, light search and rescue operations, terrorism and disaster psychology. A disaster simulation drill will also be part of the training.
“Following a major disaster, police, fire and medical professionals may not be able to fully meet the demand,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Todd Newman. “People will have to rely on each other to meet the immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from the main roads for a period of time,” he added. “This kind of training will help people help each other until the professionals can arrive.”
The class will be held at the San Marcos Training Facility, 184 Santar Place. Participants must be 18 years or older.
To register for the CERT training, please call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3405.