Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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53701-CERTTeamPhoto-LARGEThe Santa Maria Fire Department invites you to be part of your Community’s Disaster Preparedness program. By completing the 28-hour CERT course, you will learn many skills, including disaster medical skills, light search and rescue, disaster fire suppression, and more, as described in the course schedule. The course will provide you with the basic information and skills needed to assist you and your neighbors at the onset of a large-scale natural or man-made disaster.

A wide-scale emergency event will have an immediate overwhelming effect on Santa Maria’s emergency responders. Community members who have graduated from the CERT course will be of great assistance in minimizing some of the hazards associated with such an event.

Don’t wait until it is too late! Join us now!

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CERT Community Team Members in Action:

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CERT Team Trains with CALSTAR:

CALSTAR (California Shock Trauma Air Rescue) held training for the Santa Maria City CERT Team, on Saturday, March 15, 2008. It was a cold and windy day but fun and very informative. Thanks to all in attendance and THANK YOU CALSTAR!

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Congratulations and Thanks:

On Friday, May 9, 2008, CERT Class 2008-01 performed their manipulative final at Fire Station #2. Fire Chief Frank Ortiz and the Santa Maria Fire Department is extremely pleased with all of your hard work and dedication to the CERT program. Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done!!!

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On Saturday, November 17, 2007, the Santa Maria City CERT Team had their annual refresher drill at 2770 Santa Maria Way. This was a roll-in drill which incorporated an Incident Command Post set up. It was a great, fun filled day for all who attended. Thanks again!!

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For more information, or to sign-up for a CERT class,call your Santa Maria Fire Department at (805) 925-0951, extension 255 or contact the CERT Coordinators, Shane Gidlund or Larry Comerford.

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