A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course is being offered by the City of Santa Maria Fire Department starting Tuesday, August 1st.  CERT volunteers are trained in a variety of emergency preparedness and response roles to assist their families, neighbors, and co-workers whenever there is an emergency or disaster.

Residents are a key component to successfully responding to emergencies in our community and minimizing the loss of life and property.  Everyone has a role in making the community safer and to effectively support professional responders.

Classes are on successive Tuesday and Wednesday nights starting Monday, August 1st and finishing on August 29th with a drill that brings all elements of the course together in a simulated disaster scenario.  Classes will be held at the Fire Department Classroom, 314 W. Cook Street (behind the fire station) from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. (A minimum of 20 students are required to conduct the course.)

Registration and attendance at all classes is required to receive a certificate.  A registration form may be downloaded from the Fire Department website at http://www.cityofsantamaria.org/city-government/departments/fire-services/community-emergency-response-team-cert. A registration fee of $25 is required to offset the cost of course materials and supplies provided to students.

For more information or to register, contact Roy Dugger, Emergency Services Specialist at (805) 925-0951 extension 2334or rdugger@cityofsantamaria.org.