Thousand Oaks, Calif., to hold CERT course for Ventura County residents

The Thousand Oaks Community Emergency Response Team Program of California recently announced that it will offer disaster relief and emergency response classes to all Ventura County residents 18 years of age and older.

The course is a collaborative effort through the Ventura County Fire Department and the City of Thousand Oaks to train community members on emergency response tactics in case a professional emergency responder is unavailable immediately during a disaster, Thousand Oaks Acorn reports.

The CERT course is free and will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturdays April 12-26. The first class will take place at the Thousand Oaks Arts Plaza and the rest of the classes will be held at the Ventura County Fire Headquarters in Camarillo, according to Thousand Oaks Acorn.

The CERT program is an initiative to train community members on disaster relief and first response to make communities more autonomous during times of disaster. Class participants will be trained on a wide range of emergency response skills, including basic search and rescue, fire suppression, emergency medical operations and potential hazards.

Registration may be submitted online via the emergency preparedness page of the Thousand Oaks website. All registration submissions must be made by April 1, Thousand Oaks Acorn reports.