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February 1, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is all about being prepared for a disaster, such as an earthquake, firestorm or house fire. This FREE preparedness education program offers residents the knowledge and tools they'll need in the event of a disaster.  The first academy is now full, but there are two more academies being offered for 2012.  Pick the one that best fits your schedule, and call (619) 441-1737 to register.  Please leave your name and best contact phone number.  Hurry, classes will fill quickly.  


The 2012 East County CERT schedule is as follows

Academy - #1 - beginning January 28 - Full. Thank you! 
Academy #2 - 70% Full
June 9 - Disaster preparedness/CERT Organization
June 23 - Disaster Medical/ Triage 
July 7 - Fire Extinguishers/Light Search and Rescue 
July 21 - Fire Extinguishers/Light Search and Rescue hands on - *At HTF
August 4 - Disaster Psychology/Hazardous Materials/Terrorism
August 18 - All inclusive manipulative review & graduation - *At HTF 
Academy - #3 - Space Available
September 22 - Disaster preparedness/CERT Organization
October 6 - Disaster Medical/ Triage - *HTF (Due to event conflict)
October 20 - Fire Extinguishers/Light Search and Rescue 
November 3 - Fire Extinguishers/Light Search and Rescue hands on - *At HTF
November 17 - Disaster Psychology/Hazardous Materials/Terrorism
December 1 - All inclusive manipulative review & graduation - *At HTF
CERT classes are held on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes take place at 8054 Allison Avenue in La Mesa.  The hands-on training classes will be held at 1301 N. Marshall Avenue, Heartland Training Facility (HTF), in El Cajon. Class sizes are limited to 35 people per academy, ages 16 and up, non-residents welcome.  For safety concerns, we ask you do not bring babies or children to class. Wear closed toed shoes only - no sandals.  On the first day you will need to bring a 1½-inch thick notebook binder for the curriculum. Any classes missed may be made up during the following academy.  Classes are taught by members of Heartland Fire & Rescue and Santee Fire Departments.  For general information on being prepared for a disaster, please visit


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