The East Mountain Area Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, is now under the umbrella of Torrance County, and offering a training late this month.

Torrance County Emergency Manager Javier Sanchez said the training is open to the public.

The classes will be held Oct. 25, 26 and 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Torrance County dispatch center training room in McIntosh.

The training is free.

The training will cover disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations including triage and treating life-threatening injuries, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology, terrorism and more.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, will lead the training. It started promoting nationwide use of the CERT concept in 1994.

The goal is for emergency responders to provide training to members of neighborhoods, community organizations and workplaces in basic response skills. Those people are then integrated into the emergency response capability for the area.

These skills can help save lives until help arrives in the event of an emergency.

CERT members can maintain and refine skills by participating in exercises and trainings, and they can volunteer for projects that improve the overall emergency preparedness of the area.

To register for the free training, contact Vicki Voyles at 505-205-6315 or [email protected], or Javier Sanchez at 505-705-0836 or [email protected]

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