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City of Malibu Offers Free CERT Training to Help Residents

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(Malibu, CA) – The City of Malibu, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, is offering the first free Community Emergency Response (CERT) training course of 2015 to help residents get emergency prepared, starting January 31.

“In Malibu, we’re vulnerable to disasters such as wildfires and floods and we’re geographically isolated, so it’s crucial for OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfamilies to get disaster prepared,” said Malibu Mayor Skylar Peak. “Going through the CERT training course is the best way to get prepared, and I encourage everyone in Malibu to sign up.”

Malibu recently saw CERT volunteers put their training to good use when four CERT volunteers helped L.A County Sheriff’s Deputies with traffic control and with providing information to the public during a water main break on Thanksgiving Day. During the incident, which left a neighborhood without water for about 24 hours, the CERT team assisted with house-to house flooding assessment, helping to determine quickly that water did not enter any houses.

The CERT courses include: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Suppression, Medical Class #1, Medical Class #2, Light Search and Rescue, Terrorism, Team Organization and Disaster Psychology, and a Course Review and Disaster Simulation Drill.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was developed in 1985 by the Los Angeles City Fire Department to provide basic training in safety and lifesaving skills to community members. It has since been adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Fire Academy, and is taught by public safety agencies nationwide. To date, more than 50,000 people have been CERT trained.

Following a major disaster, police, fire and medical personnel who are the first responders, may be unable to meet the high demand for emergency services due to such factors as power and communications outages, obstructed roads, and the sheer number of victims. People will need to rely on themselves and each other to meet the immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from the main roads for a period of time.

Participants must be at least 16 years old and must attend all classes to receive a certificate. The 21-hour course will be held on Saturdays, January 31, February 7, February 14, and February 21, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on February 21) at Malibu City Hall.

For more information or to register, please contact Malibu Emergency Services Coordinator Brad Davis at bdavis@malibucity.org

 

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