If you are interested in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training, there will be two opportunities next month. The first will be in Anza from Friday through Sunday, May 17 to 19. The second will be in Idyllwild from Wednesday through Saturday, May 22 to 25.

Riverside County Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services CERT training:
Location: Hamilton High School, 57430 Mitchell Rd. Anza, CA 92539
When: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 17
8-5 p.m. Saturday, May 18
8-5 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Register at www.rivcocert.org or call (951) 955-4700.

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District CERT training:
Location: Idyllwild Fire Station, 54160 Maranatha Dr. Idyllwild, CA 92549
When: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 22
6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 23
6-9 p.m. Friday, May 24
9-5 p.m. Saturday, May 25

You must attend all four training sessions to be certified. Ccontact the IFPD office at (951) 659-2153 to register by Friday, May 17, 2013.

The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.