Community Members Complete CERT Training Program in San Mateo

The six-week program was completed in the San Mateo Highlands on Sunday.

Residents completed a six-week Community Emergency Response Team training program on Sunday, bringing the San Mateo Highlands CERT to more than 130 members, Cal Fire officials said.

The training culminated in a full-scale one-day drill, hosted by San Mateo County Fire Department/CAL FIRE, who taught participants hands-on life saving skills.

“When a major disaster occurs, members of the community are vital in assisting emergency response agencies,” San Mateo County Fire Chief John Ferreira said.

“The Highlands CERT program is a great example of community-based disaster response; I am very proud of their accomplishment,” he said.

CERT is a nationally accepted program designed to provide members of the community the training and organization to effectively respond to disasters.

CERT members learn to put out small fires, provide initial first aid, search for victims, organize volunteer’s and work with emergency response agencies.

The training took place at San Mateo County Fire Station 17 on Paul Scannell Drive in The Highlands of San Mateo.

The training is a collaboration between The Highlands Recreation District and San Mateo County Fire Department/CAL FIRE.


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Robert Cook February 24, 2012 at 12:20 AM
For those interested in taking CERT, the City of San Mateo Fire Department will be starting it's next CERT series next week, on Tuesday, February 28th. The class will be located at the San Mateo Police Department, 200 Franklin Pkwy, and starts at 6:30pm. More information can be found at www.sanmateocert.org, by calling 650-522-7960, or by emailing Fire Captain Robert Cook at rcook@cityofsanmateo.org. CERT Training is provided free of charge by most public safety agencies throughout San Mateo County. Contact your Police or Fire Department for information on a program near you.
Laura Dudnick (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Thanks for adding this information!


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