Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lakeside's 6th CERT Academy Begins Today

The first of four Saturday training sessions took place today at the Lakeside Fire Protection District's administration facility at 12365 Parkside Street. Twelve members of the community completed the initial five hours of the required 20 hour CERT disaster preparedness course to become registered San Diego County Emergency Disaster Workers. The full course provides the participant with instruction and hands-on training in the areas of disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism awareness and CERT organization.

New CERT members learn to work as a team with limited supplies and time to complete a project.

This will be the 6th group or "Academy" to have been trained in Lakeside and will bring the total number of local CERT members to well over 60. The topics covered in this first session included how to prepare yourself, your family and your home for the disasters most likely to occur in our community including wildfires, earthquakes, floods and terrorism to name just a few.

A fire suppression team makes quick work of these flames.

Fire safety and the use of fire extinguishers to suppress small fires preventing them from becoming BIG fires completed today's training.
To learn more about CERT and to inquire about how you can take advantage of this valuable training, visit Also visit the CitizenCorps CERT website HERE for a detailed description of the nationwide program.

Another suppression team under the watchful eyes of Fire Captain Steve Streck and his crew.

Follow these links to other informative disaster preparedness websites:

Ready San Diego
San Diego Area American Red Cross
SD County Office of Emergency Services
Real Time Earthquake Information

Submitted by: Chuck Palmore, Lakeside Fire Captain

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