On Saturday, 180 members from cities all over Santa Clara County are expected to participate in the Countywide CERT training at San Jose State University.
The training focuses on disaster medical operations and CERT members will be divided into teams to both test and enhance their medical response skills.
CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
The training will provide an opportunity for CERT members to practice their skills at three learning stations: participants will treat victims with simulated injuries, practice triage (a method of sorting victims according to the severity of their injures) and perform a secondary assessment called a “head to toe assessment” which helps determine all the injuries a victim may have.
The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and teaches them basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
The training will take place at 1 Washington Square, San Jose State University, San Jose. The training starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
CERT classes take place several times a year on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Fire Administration Building at 1000 Villa St. The next class starts on Sept. 13. Registration takes place online.
For more information contact Lynn Brown at (650) 903-6825 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.