Free (CERT) training

Fairfield CERT and Fairfield Emergency Management will sponsor free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to begin Feb. 28. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. The training focuses on disaster preparedness and emergency response skills, as well as special training to aid in sheltering operations. The program runs Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Feb. 28 through March 28, at the Fairfield Senior Center on Mona Terrace. All classes must be completed. Advance registration is required.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program of the Citizen Corps, a nationwide program supported by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The purpose of CERT is to train community members in emergency preparedness to support local emergency responders as volunteers for disaster relief and community safety. CERT operates under the direction of the Town of Fairfield Emergency Management.

The state-approved curriculum for basic training includes Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism. In addition, classes will be given in shelter operations and pet sheltering, which is a critical need should people with companion pets be evacuated to a local shelter.

Graduates of the program who qualify to join the CERT team in Fairfield will be issued CERT identification and a backpack with basic equipment. Team members will be able to assist in operating a shelter during a major emergency as well as supporting emergency responders in various roles. The Fairfield team members will be eligible to participate in additional CERT training events in Connecticut.

Class size is limited. For more information and registration forms, contact Norma Peterson, CERT Liaison for Fairfield, at [email protected] or call 203-255-3554. Forms may also be downloaded from the Fairfield Fire Department website at fdfairfield.com from Fairfield Citizen Corps listing.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Norma Peterson, CERT Liaison for Fairfield, with a backpack and hat that trained team members receive.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Norma Peterson, CERT Liaison for Fairfield, with a backpack and hat that trained team members receive.

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