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July 27, 2010 > Free CERT training

Free CERT training

Submitted By Capt. Thor Poulsen, Hayward Fire Department

The Hayward Fire Department has prepared free CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training for Hayward and Fairview residents. The only cost incurred may be to upgrade a disaster supply kit at home (food, water, tools etc.). The program will consist of four evening indoor classes and one outdoor "hands on" skills class. The training will begin September 16, 2010 and held mid-week. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and neighbors, as well as organize a neighborhood team response in the event of a major disaster.

Instructions involve light fire suppression, hazardous materials situations, first aid, light search and rescue techniques, and procedures in organizing CERTs to aid and assist in times of disaster. Participants do not need any special skills, just a willingness to learn the skills necessary to survive a disaster.

The training program will involve some physical activity, such as using fire extinguishing equipment and rescue tools under the supervision of trained Fire Department personnel.

Hayward or Fairview residents, aged at least 18 years old and interested in this free training can register via the City of Hayward's website (www.Hayward-ca.gov) by clicking on the red "Disaster Preparedness" button then on the green "CERT" button.

Residents can then enter their name and phone number in the e-mail and send. Applicants will receive e-mail notification confirming their enrolment in the program along with parking information, building number, and a detailed map of the campus.

For more information contact Captain Thor Poulsen, Public Education Officer at (510) 583-4948.


Free CERT Training Schedule
Class #1: Thursday, September 16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Chabot College
Class #2: Wednesday, September 22, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Chabot College
Class #3: Wednesday, September 29, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Chabot College
Class #4: Thursday, October 7, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Chabot College
Skills #5: Thursday, October 14, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Fire Station #6

Hayward or Fairview residents aged at least 18 years old and interested in this free training can register via the City of Hayward's website (www.Hayward-ca.gov) by clicking on the red "Disaster Preparedness" button then on the green "CERT" button.

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