Community Emergency Response Training will be taught over three weekends in August in a joint effort of the Nevada County Health and Emergency Preparedness Offices. CERT Training is a program that came out of the 9-11 disasters and it aims to train people in their community to be the first responders to themselves and to their neighbors. Patti Carter is the Nevada County Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and says they teach disaster first aid which is different from regular first aid.
“We teach Search and Rescue, we teach how to use cribbing to help extricate someone who might be trapped under a door or something. We teach the proper way to use fire extinguishers, we teach how to recognize hazardous materials and when to stay away and not do anything. So it’s a great program.”
The 22 hours of CERT training will be offered over three Saturday’s beginning August 13th. There is no pre-registration, people can just show up at the training site the first day which is the First Baptist Church on Ridge Road across from Nevada Union High School from 8am to 4pm. Training is free but to receive the CERT diploma you must attend all three sessions.