The City of Palo Alto is training resident-volunteers who want to join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), officials announced.
The CERT program trains community members in basic disaster response skills, like disaster medical operations, small-fire suppression and light search and rescue.
A series of classes and exercises is designed to train CERT members to assist the community when professional emergency responders are not immediately available.
The CERT curriculum includes a total of 24 hours of training in April. Courses are generally held between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Stanford University Campus, with a five-hour field day from noon to 5 p.m. on April 26.
Students must complete all classes to become certified.
More information and registration is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the public-safety page on the city's website at www.cityofpaloalto.org.