March 15, 2017
Chandler Fire, Health & Medical offers free emergency preparedness training to residents
The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department is offering a free training course in April for Chandler residents who want to learn how to take care of themselves, their family, neighborhood and the community during an emergency or disaster. This Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 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.
Basic CERT training begins on April 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; instruction continues on April 15, also from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and the course concludes on April 22 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 480-782-2120 or email ChandlerFire@chandleraz.gov.
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.
"This program gives residents 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 Blas Minor. "Here in Arizona we can sometimes experience strong storms, power outages, and fires along with the possibility of man-made threats. Our Basic CERT training will give participants more knowledge and certain skills to help them face potential threats and challenges."
For more information about Chandler Basic CERT training, visit chandleraz.gov/fire or call 480-782-2120.