Volunteers come from fives town for CERT training program

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By Eric Heinz

On Saturday, the Community Emergency Preparedness Teams of the five cities of San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach came together for the first time to train new people in community emergency response situations.

People practiced discharging a fire extinguisher, triage tactics, small-animal rescue and more.

Participants included Boy Scout Troop 12 of San Juan.

Recently, the city of San Clemente was awarded the 2015 Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individual and Community Preparedness Award for outstanding CERT program initiatives.

The City of San Clemente Community Emergency Response Team joined the Mutual Aid Program in January 2011. Since then, throughout 11 sessions of the FEMA 20-hour CERT Program class more than 200 residents have been trained.

“These volunteers are trained in emergency preparedness and response skills and stand ready to assist their fellow residents and visitors in the event of a disaster,” a city of San Clemente press release stated. “Many of these volunteers have also completed the additional CMAP training and are qualified to respond to a disaster situation in Orange County.”

Sixty-two of those residents have elected to join as active members on the city of San Clemente CERT Team.

For more information about the San Clemente CERT program, visit www.san-clemente.org and search CERT.


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