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Dec. 9, 2016

Chandler Fire, Health & Medical offers free emergency preparedness training to residents
Chandler residents receive emergency preparedness training through the CFHM CERT Team.The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department is offering a free training course in February for Chandler citizens who want to learn how to take care of themselves, their family, neighborhood and the community during an emergency or disaster. The Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic training course provides volunteers with 21 hours of hands-on and classroom instruction over three consecutive Saturdays. Courses include fire safety, light search and rescue, basic medical care and more.
CERT basic training begins on Feb. 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instruction continues on Feb. 11, also from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and the course concludes on Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. The classes will be conducted at the Chandler Fire Training Center, 3550 S. Dobson Road. The training is free, but space is limited. To register, call 480-782-2051 or email
“The goal of our CERT program is to increase the knowledge and preparedness of Chandler residents by teaching coping skills to better take care of themselves and their family members for up to 72 hours following a natural or man-made disaster,” said Chandler Battalion Chief Suzy Vargo. “These types of situations are rare in Arizona, but strong storms, power outages, fires and possible man-made threats could pose great challenges to residents who aren’t properly prepared.”
The Basic CERT course teaches participants about the types of hazards that might affect Chandler, and examines the roles and responsibilities of various organizations within the community, such as police and fire departments, other government agencies, public utilities and non-profits. Constructing family emergency kits for home and vehicles is also a critical part of community preparedness.
“If you’ve ever wondered ‘What can I do?’ during a crisis, then this Basic CERT class was created for people like you,” said Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department Chief Tom Dwiggins. “If Chandler is ever impacted by a major disaster, our local public safety first responders may be stretched very thin. If that time ever comes, you will want to be prepared and confident in your ability to take care of yourself and those you love until help can arrive. Sign up today.”
For more information about Chandler CERT training, visit or contact Battalion Chief Vargo at 480-782-2138 or