Taylor, Michigan to hold CERT Program for community members

The Taylor, Michigan Community Emergency Response Team recently announced that it will hold a CERT Program course for community members.

The CERT Program is a national initiative through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Citizen Corps to train community members on emergency response and disaster relief so that during times of emergency, if a first responder is not immediately available, community members can respond appropriately, the News Herald reports.

Class attendees will be trained on light search and rescue, basic fire suppression, emergency medical operations, emergency response, disaster relief and basic emergency response. Most cities consider CERT Program graduates an extension of their professional emergency response team and graduates may have responsibilities to the community during times of disaster, according to the News Herald.

Taylor city CERT representatives requested that all interested parties pre-register for the course early. The 20-hour course will begin on Tuesday, March 18 and run for six weeks. Each class will take place on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and last three to four hours.

The course, including course materials, is free-of-charge to all participants. Pre-registration is required and all participants must be at least 18 years of age by the time of graduation, or 17 years of age and accompanied by a guardian.

The course is open to Taylor city residents or those who belong to the Taylor city workforce.