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When disaster strikes—Just like at last year’s program, pictured above, CERT training participants will again receive hands-on instruction starting next week on how to respond to emergencies, including how to properly extinguish fires.
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CERT training fires up March 6

Staff Report~ 2/26/2014

Paul Schickel, Citizen Corps coordinator for the Daisy Mountain Fire Department, is inviting adults to attend an eight-part training series on emergency preparedness.
These free classes train individuals to become part of the local Community Emergency Response Team, a collaboration between emergency personnel and members of the general public willing to lend assistance in the event of a disaster.
The CERT program begins March 6, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., and will reconvene each Thursday evening for another 7 weeks. Participants must attend all eight of the weekly sessions to receive a certificate of completion. A ninth class will be offered one evening for those needing to make up for a missed week. The location of these meetings is tentatively set for the Daisy Mountain Fire Station near Circle Mountain Road in New River, but the site may change depending upon turnout.
Although course materials will be provided, attendees are asked to bring paper and a pencil for note taking, in addition to a 2-inch, three ring binder for organizing.
Schickel said that CERT training has a number of goals for its participants, including the ability to:

  • Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities
  • Describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response
  • Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster
  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces
  • Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid
  • Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating shock
  • Conduct triage under simulated conditions
  • Perform head-to-toe assessments
  • Select and set up a treatment area
  • Employ basic treatments for various wounds
  • Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations
  • Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure
  • Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication
  • Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue

“If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community's professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training,” Schickel said. “These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.”
The CERT program was developed by the Department for Homeland Security. Its content is tailored to reflect the communities the Daisy Mountain Fire Department serves, including Anthem, Desert Hills and New River.