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City Offers Free CERT Classes

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:20 PM by Anthony Shortland   [ updated May 27, 2013, 12:14 PM by Unknown user ]
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a program designed to prepare Mountain View residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors, in the event of a disaster. The training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. Formerly known as Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Training, the CERT program is free to all citizens of Mountain View.

Over the course of 4 weeks, CERT members receive training in earthquake awareness, disaster fire suppression techniques, disaster medical operations, first aid/CPR, light search and rescue as well as team organization and management. CERT Training culminates with a disaster simulation and comprehensive course review. All classes are taught by trained emergency personnel, including firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, with an emphasis on hands-on practice.

Following a disaster, CERT teams can extinguish small fires, turn off gas inlets to damaged homes, perform light search and rescue and render basic first aid. The CERT program provides an effective response capability.

Free CERT training classes are conducted throughout the year, and have been taught in languages other than English. A course schedule is shown below, and an outline of the course material is shown at the bottom of this page. Please go to the City of Mountain View website , then the Public Safety tab and then the menu option Office of Emergency Services.  Use the “Register Online” link to sign up for a class, or call (650) 903-6825 for information and registration. 

2013 Class Schedule

Class #3- September 12, 19, 26, October 3, and 10 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at 1000 Villa Street and October 12 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Fire Station #4, 229 N. Whisman Road.