CERT Training Educates Residents About Disasters. Register Now For the Spring Session
The City of Vista Fire Department encourages residents to train and prepare themselves for emergency situations by enrolling in a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will have to prioritize the use of their response resources. Individual preparedness, as well as the ability to safely and effectively assist others, allows members of the community to care for themselves until additional help arrives.
The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains the participants in basic disaster or emergency response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can tend to themselves, their families and their neighborhoods in the event of a disaster.
The next CERT class is scheduled to start on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 pm and will run for eight consecutive Tuesdays, through May 30.
Enrollment and materials are free of charge and open to individuals 18 years of age or older, or those 16 and 17 years old with a signed permission slip and waiver from their parents. Upon completion of the course, participants will be invited to join the Vista CERT team, although doing so is not a requirement.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began promoting the nationwide use of Community Emergency Response Teams in 1994 as a means to connect the professional response community with the people they serve. Additional information can be found on the FEMA website.
Ned Vander Pol, Vista Fire Deputy Chief