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