Carlsbad residents interested in joining the 2017 Community Emergency Response Team Academy are invited to attend an information session on Jan. 9, the city said in a press release.
Volunteers receive 24 hours of free training, including fire safety, disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue.
The CERT information session takes place on Monday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the city of Carlsbad Safety Training Center at 5750 Orion St.
Interested residents must register online at www.VolunteerinCarlsbad.net and choose Disaster Preparedness & Response – City of Carlsbad or call 760-434-2929.
Those selected to participate in the CERT Academy must complete a Live Scan background check and medical evaluation signed by a doctor.
Carlsbad CERT Academy training begins Monday, Jan. 30, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and runs for eight weeks. Class size is limited. Team members must be Carlsbad residents and 18 years old or older.
All CERT Academy candidates must first attend a CERT information session.
According to City of Carlsbad Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, David Harrison, CERT volunteers played an important role in the response to the Poinsettia Fire in May 2014, performing a variety of support activities in the city’s Emergency Operations Center and at temporary evacuation points and shelters.
CERT volunteers provide emergency preparedness and response assistance to their neighbors and community. Volunteers receive 24 hours of free training, including fire safety, disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue.