Interested in helping your community?

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. Redding CERT is a community-based program that’s been in existence since 2006. It’s made up of citizens who are trained to help their neighbors and community during times of need.

Redding CERT is holding a new certification course of four classes starting Thursday, Feb. 28. Anyone interested in learning more or signing up is asked to call Doug Hartline at the Redding Health Department, 203-938-2559.

“CERT training is designed to help prepare you and your family for emergencies, and it teaches how to assist your neighbors in a disaster situation. Should local resources be overwhelmed or delayed, CERT support enables first responders (fire, EMS, and police personnel) to address the most critical issues at hand,” said Mr. Hartline, who runs CERT, in his release.

After the recent hurricanes and superstorms, Redding CERT was a key component of the recovery phase, including opening and running the shelter and warming stations, and helping with the distribution of food and water.

CERT instruction includes first aid, CPR, fire safety, traffic control, search and rescue, disaster psychology, animal sheltering, and other topics associated with disaster response. CERT members have found the training to be interesting and informative, said Mr. Hartline. Instructors include Redding’s fire, police and EMS personnel.

“This is a great opportunity to help and support your town in times of need,” he said.

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