MOHAVE COUNTY–The Mohave County Department of Risk and Emergency Management will be offering new training sessions in July for individuals interested in becoming volunteers under the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.

CERT is a national community preparedness program operated under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps Council.

The CERT program is a training program for community members interested in helping to support preparedness activities and community welfare and in participating in recovery efforts following a local disaster.

CERT participants receive training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, first aid, disaster psychology, team organization and disaster preparedness. Instructors are skilled and experienced members of the first responder and emergency management community.

After Hurricane Nora in 1996, Mohave County created its CERT Program to enhance emergency preparedness and increase community education, awareness and outreach. Over the years many communities have developed and implemented CERT’s as an effective means of helping local fire departments.

CERT volunteers receive an initial 20 hours of training in basic disaster and emergency response skills before becoming county emergency workers in Emergency Management or disaster first responders supporting local fire service agencies.

Classes will be held on July 27, July 28, August 3 and August 4. The classes on Friday, July 27 and August 3 will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The classes on Saturday, July 28 and August 4 will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Training will be located at the Mohave County Administration Facility located at 700 W. Beale Street, behind the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

For those interested in attending this free training course, contact the Mohave County Department of Risk and Emergency Management by e-mail at mike.browning@mohavecounty.us or by calling 928-753-0739.