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Daisy Mountain Fire’s CERT training to start March 2


NORTH VALLEY – Learn more about community emergency preparedness in an upcoming 8-week class from the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training starts Thursday, March 2.

CERT training teaches participants how to take steps to prepare for a disaster, to describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities, and to describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response. Class participants will also learn to identify and reduce potential fire hazards and how to work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies.

First aid training will also be offered in CERT, including how to select and set up a treatment area; applying techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock; conducting triage under simulated conditions; performing assessments; and employing basic treatments for various wounds. Search and rescue information will be taught, such as identifying planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations, describing the most common techniques for searching a structure, using safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication, and describing ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.

Developed by the Department of Homeland Security for Local Community Preparedness, this 24 hours of training is provided free of charge and is tailored to the north valley community. Training is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old. Classes run eight consecutive Thursday evenings, starting March 2. Each class will run 7-10 p.m., at the Daisy Mountain Fire Department Station 141.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency began promoting nationwide use of the CERT concepts in 1994. In 2004, Daisy Mountain Fire Department formed its own CERT to assist the communities of Anthem, Desert Hills and New River. 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.

To register for CERT or for more information, contact Paul Schickel at (623) 695-1424 or