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Have You Seen Them? CERTs Assist in Local Mill Valley Events

ERT Melinda Bishop helps residents in triage station for relay at Backyard Camp-Out on June 7.  Courtesy photo.
ERT Melinda Bishop helps residents in triage station for relay at Backyard Camp-Out on June 7. Courtesy photo.
The following was submitted for publication on behalf of the Marin County CERT program: 
 

You may have noticed some new volunteers assisting the police department during our latest public events in Mill Valley, including the Memorial Day Parade, Dipsea Race and the Backyard Camp-Out at the Community Center. 

Those folks in green vests were members of Mill Valley CERT, Community Emergency Response Team. 

CERT is a national emergency volunteer program, sponsored by FEMA under Citizen’s Corp. These volunteers have participated in training in team organization, fire suppression, light search & rescue and disaster first aid and will be able to help their families, neighbors & community in the event of a disaster. 

In recent years, CERTs have also begun to help in non-disaster events, such as public education and public events. CERTs assisted with crowd & traffic control at the Parade & Race and helped with a preparedness relay for the public at the Camp-Out. Thank you to the CERTs that volunteered to help out at these recent events!

The CERT program was developed in So. California in the mid-80’s and San Francisco and Marin County weren’t far behind in creating training for CERTs through local fire departments. 

Marin County CERT hosts ten 18- hour trainings each year around the county. Cost is still only $45.00 and scholarships are available. 

You can find out more & register for the next Mill Valley training on Oct. 11 & 18 atwww.readymarin.org . Read about national CERT at http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams 

 


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