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The Downey Fire Department will conduct Community Emergency Response Team training in October for residents interested in helping out in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
Residents who complete CERT training will be relied upon to help their neighborhood after earthquakes, floods and other major emergencies.
CERT members help assess damage after a disaster, extinguish small fires and teach fire safety, perform light search and rescue operations, perform triage, provide medical services to the injured; and organize procurement of supplies.
There is a "very good chance" that neighborhoods will initially be on their own following a catastrophic disaster, fire officials said.
Anyone 18 years or older can receive CERT training. There is no cost.
Training is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 30.
To register, go online to downeyca.org/gov/emergency