Free Willits area emergency response trainings in April-May

Free Willits area emergency response trainings in April-May

The trainings will be held on April 29, May 6, and May 13 from 8:30a - 5:30p, at the Howard Forest CalFire station.


MENDOCINO Co., 4/10/17 — There will be a serise of special emergency response trainings held at the Howard Forest CalFire station, with the co-operation of North Coast Opportunities, and the City of Willits and coordinated by Willits resident Bill Barksdale. Trainer Mike Carter will be leading the events. The trainings will occur on three consecutive Saturdays, April 29, May 6 and May 13, from 8:30a to 5:30p — at the CalFire Howard Forest Station at 17501 US Hwy 101, Willits CA 95490.

Here is the full press release:


by Bill Barksdale

Be prepared to respond to a local emergencies like earthquake, fire, flood and other disasters.  CERT training (Community Emergency Response Team) will be available FREE to Willits and Brooktrails citizens on three consecutive Saturdays – April 29, May 6 & May 13, 2017, 8:30a – 5:30p.

Through the generous support of North Coast Opportunities, City of Willits and Mendocino County OES – trainer Mike Carter will teach the basic CERT skills in the 3 part series to the first applicants that apply. Class size is limited.  Contact NCO Volunteer Network to register: 707-462-1959 / [email protected].  

This FEMA training is made available to our area by special request, so that our community can be prepared.  

Having recently taken the training myself, I can tell you that it’s exciting and a great way to help our community respond to disasters, be resilient and more self-sufficient at times when government agencies are likely to be overwhelmed.  This is where you can learn to help yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors during times of greatest need.

During the 20 hour training you will learn: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations – Triage & Treating Life Threatening Injuries, Disaster Medical Operations – Assessment, Treatment and Hygiene, Light Search and Rescue, Team Organization, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism response, and more.

CERT’s slogan is “Doing the Greatest Good for the Greatest Number.”  

Register soon as these classes tend to fill up quickly.  You must attend all three sessions to be certified.  All classes will be at Cal Fire Howard Forest Station on Hwy 101 just south of Willits.

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