California county to provide CERT training in April

County and local emergency services trainers recently announced they will be conducting Community Emergency Response Team training in Half Moon Bay, California.

The city of Half Moon Bay, the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, the Coastside Fire Protection District and the La Honda Fire Brigade will be holding the training on four consecutive Thursday evenings starting on April 3.

The Thursday training sessions will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on April 3 through April 24 at the Coastside Emergency Operations Center in Half Moon Bay. There will be a final between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at Fire Station 40 in Half Moon Bay.

The free training program will cover disaster awareness and preparedness, fire safety, medical training and light search and rescue.

The hosting agencies said the class will be a rewarding and fun way to learn techniques for search and rescue, emergency communications and triage. The training, which was designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will enable citizens to become trained to help first responders during disasters.

The San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services seeks to protect residents and property from disasters like earthquakes, hazardous materials spills and terrorism. The Coastside Fire Protection District has the goal of protecting the lives, environment and property of the community through emergency medical services, fire prevention and rescue services. The La Honda Volunteer Fire Brigade exists to protect lives, property and environment of residents from fires, disasters and emergency incidents.