City of San Marcos sponsors free emergency response training

The City of San Marcos, in partnership with Palomar College will be sponsoring a tuition free, ten-part Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training series on consecutive Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:00 am beginning Sept. 8 and running through Nov. 10.

With recent disaster events across the nation serving as reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness, CERT training includes courses in disaster preparedness, fire safety, terrorism, basic disaster response skills and disaster medical operations to prepare individuals to tend to themselves and their family members, neighbors, or coworkers during crisis events.

Culminating in a disaster response scenario, successful CERT graduates will receive a certificate of completion in the non-credit Palomar College course and an invitation to join the San Marcos CERT team. CERT team members are issued equipment kits and attend periodic Saturday morning training refreshers sessions and participate in rescue drills with the San Marcos Fire Department.

Together, the San Marcos CERT team and an educated community will be a vital piece to the survival and recovery of our region in the event of a disaster.

To register for CERT training, please call (760) 744-1050 ext. 3405 or visit for more information.

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