CERT training spring 2015

Arlington Community Emergency Response Team Class 52/53 members Brian Murphy, Kira Sweetman and Desiree Fey assist role player Tony Spadaro (a member of the 43rd class) during a mock-disaster exercise held in the spring of 2015.

The Arlington Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be offering online training starting Sept. 9, having shifted from its traditional in-person programming due to the public-health situation.

The program is sponsored by the Arlington County government and has trained more than 900 individuals to provide disaster-response services in case of natural or manmade disasters.

“Disasters are unpredictable, but we know there will be another disaster sooner or later, so learning must not stop,” said Les Garrison, who coordinates the program in Arlington. “The skills taught help our community members remain safer and better able to help each other in an emergency.”

Participants will complete training through self-study and online courses, augmented by practice sessions at the Arlington County Fire Department Training Academy when in-person activities resume.

For information on the program, see the Websites at www.arlingtoncert.org and https://emergency.arlingtonva.us/get-involved/cert.

A Spanish-language curriculum is slated to be held in November.

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