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CERT Training Classes Starting New Session

Oct 20, 2015 06:55PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Are you ready for "The Big One?" Now's your chance to take an active role in your community's safety, by signing up for a session of Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes.

The classes, led by the Manhattan Beach Fire Department, will be held on November 7, November 14, and November 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day (all three days are part of the course). The material covered will include lifesaving, fire-fighting, triage, first aid, transport, communication, and survival skills, as well as search and rescue.

The last class session is a simulated disaster drill to practice the skills learned.

The course costs $60, which covers materials and expenses. Registration for the 30-person class is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those who live or work in Manhattan Beach. Classes will be held at the Public Works Training Room, 3621 Bell Ave., off Rosecrans Ave. in Manhattan Beach.

CERT is a volunteer organization of trained citizens who will help themselves and their neighbors during emergencies, when public safety employees are overwhelmed during a major emergency, and cannot respond to all of the calls for help.

During a major emergency, when the CERT is activated, there are a variety of jobs to be done. CERT team members first ensure the safety of themselves and their families. They may then be called to assist surrounding homes in their neighborhood and elsewhere in the city depending on needs and emergency workers available. In case emergency, fire, or police personnel are unable to respond to a given neighborhood in a timely fashion, CERT members will assist their neighbors and community doing first aid, searching damaged buildings, managing hazard controls, and keeping neighbors away from downed utility lines.

For more information about the course, visit the MB CERT course web site. Questions? Email or contact George Butts at 310-701-0101.

To register by  mail, send your name, address, email, and a check made out to MBCERTA at:
Class Registration-2015#2
Attn: Cleo
Drop Box #1
400 15th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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