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LPFD recruiting residents for emergency response training

CERT classes start April 30; pre-registration required

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is looking for residents interested in receiving emergency preparedness training through its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

The CERT classes begin in April, but pre-registration is required and the course tends to fill up fast, according to LPFD.

"When a disaster such as a major earthquake strikes, emergency responders will be focused on the most critical emergencies," LPFD officials said. "Fortunately, there are many things that residents can do to help themselves, their families and the community around them, leading up to and following a disaster."

The CERT training involves classroom and hands-on instruction on disaster preparedness, basic response related to fire safety, disaster medical operations and light search and rescue. The seven-session program also covers disaster psychology, terrorism and the mission of the CERT organization.

The classes will be held on Mondays from 6-9:30 p.m. from April 30 to June 11, except for Memorial Day, as well as include a Saturday session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2. The course culminates in a LPFD and CERT drill, putting what participants have learned into practice.

Free and open to anyone who lives or works in Pleasanton or Livermore, the classes will be held at the city's Operations Service Center and the LPFD training grounds on Busch Road in Pleasanton. To learn more or to register, call 454-2361 or email CERT@LPfire.org.

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