Truckee joins North Tahoe, Incline with CERT volunteer groups
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Members of the Truckee Fire Protection District’s Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, completed their training session by participating in a disaster simulation on Feb. 11 at Truckee Tahoe Airport.
The disaster simulation was the final training day following six courses open to members of the public interesting in assisting emergency response teams when crews become overwhelmed.
According to TFPD’s website, the courses were taught by Truckee firefighters and provided students with skills take care of themselves, family, neighbors, and coworkers in the event of a disaster.
Placer County developed its own Tahoe-area CERT with the North Tahoe Fire Protection District in 2014, and Washoe County has had a CERT in place since 2004 to help assist the Incline Village area.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are currently about 2,600 CERTs throughout the country.
The CERT program “educates individuals 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,” according to FEMA’s website.