CERT training planned next month

DOWNEY - The city's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is hosting a series of upcoming meetings for residents who want to help their neighborhood should a catastrophic disaster strike. Volunteers will undergo training to assist the fire department directly following an earthquake, flood, or other major emergency. They will help assess damage after a disaster; extinguish small fires and teach fire safety; perform light search and rescue operations; perform triage and provide medical services to the injured; and organize the procurement of supplies. Residents must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. CERT classes will be held April 18 and 25, and May 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. RSVP by calling the Downey Fire Department at (562) 904-7345.********** Published: March 27, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 49