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RAGLM Board > Announcements > CERT (Community Emergency ResponseTeam) Classes - Free
10/27/2015 1:03:18 PM
Other area classesReply: ElaineW

They do have more classes coming up, just need to go to the site and find a date that will work for you


10/27/2015 12:52:22 PM
My CERT Class PhotoReply: ElaineW
As you can see it wasn't a big class (only 7), but we learned a lot & had a good time

Click to view attached file (.jpg)
10/27/2015 10:21:35 AM
Cert for all agesReply: ElaineW
Hi all sorry for the delayed reply. Have been without phones and internet since sunday, still don't have either, but while waiting on repair I'm doing the one leg stretch to find a cell signal. CERT is for all ages. There was a senior in high school & 2 retirees In my class Most people that take these classes are tax payers or thier children and like to see programs like this putting our tax dollars to good use. CERT trainees are also used in light search and rescue to help find people. This county doesn't have a high disaster rate, but I'm happy to know I can help should there be one. Since our first responders are WAY out numbered (approx. 2.3 million people in our county to approx. 500 fireworkers) anything we can do to help those odds is well worth it.
10/27/2015 8:16:57 AM
sign up for CERT Reply: Beverley
Signed up yesterday, took less than a minute.  The more that go, the less the per person cost to the tax payers (us).  See you at the next course in Menefee.  "We" could car-pool.  
10/27/2015 12:05:07 AM
Thanks for answering my CERT questionsReply: Gayle Geer
I really appreciate the answers and encouragement.  

I think I will get on board with all the others who take the time to learn how to help others in an emergency. We are truly isolated up here in so many ways, which is part of what makes our rural community so special.  But, it can make it a nightmare in a desperate situation.

Thanks, again, and take care, y'all!
10/26/2015 2:22:59 PM
CERTReply: Maven

No, nothing is free.  But we have all already paid for this.  We should try and take advantage.
10/26/2015 2:08:40 PM
Triage, Learning to use a Fire Extinguisher.Reply: Hugh
Please, I'm not here to rain on someones party. Just to provide some information I've learned over 71 years of breathing American air.

I learned to use a fire extinguisher in 5th grade by a Fireman visiting our class. I enlisted in the US Army in 1963 for training as an Emergency Room Technician, kind of like in the MASH series. We spent weeks, not 1/2 an hour, learning triage assessment. Not just in the class room but in close-to-actual situations in the field. I then got to put that training to test for real. What I really learned about triage was not in the classroom. It came from having to make decisions, immediate decisions. Sometimes wrong ones. Most triage major decisions were made my doctors. Not ER Techs like me.

The basic, and that's all it's intended to be, CERT program provided by the County is a good first step. It provides a concept of what CERT is all about. Students go to college for a couple years, full time, to get 'certification' as a CERT level V. 

One of my granddaughters is in training as EMT and CERT is part of her program. She went on her first ambulance rides as part of training last weekend. Pulled a 14 hour shift. We have a trouper here.
10/26/2015 10:22:19 AM
Anything that teaches is great for all agesReply: newmanpenny
The one thing that sticks with me the most was the triage, assessing how severe a human condition is that would need medical care, in what order. That is something anyone can do. They taught us how to use a fire extinguisher, also important for anyone. Things to look for before entering a building after a disaster, etc. I have a bad back so I knew I would not be able to assist in carrying people that have been wounded, but there is always a roll to play in emergency situations. So, yes? In my opinion it could be helpful for any age. 
10/26/2015 10:10:51 AM
FREE CERT ClassesReply: Hugh
The key-word here is FREE. It's free to the person taking the class (well not totally) but your fellow taxpayers are paying for it. It's not a GIFT from the County. It's a cost that Riverside County taxpayers must burden.

Please, don't get me wrong. This is a great class to take - but it isn't FREE. How many would sign up for the same class provided by the Country if there were a $30.00 fee? I believe the people that want to take this class should pay a minimal fee to help cover the cost to taxpayers. Of course then the enrollment would shrink to... well, you know.

The family down the street from you, or across town, were not put on this earth to provide FREE stuff to others.
10/26/2015 10:07:43 AM
Gayle (cert training)Reply: Laurie
The answer is YES!   (I know of at least one or two residents in thier 80s who took the CERT course).

Going door to door to check on neighbors, marking residences/locations for first responders, taking notes for first responders and so on, all free up those resources for quicker response. 

I've been planning to take the course myself - just have always had a date conflict, or the course was full.   BUT, this time - I think I might actually make it.
10/26/2015 9:25:49 AM
Cert trainingReply: sfringer
I work in a retirement community and took the class with people in their 70's 80's and 2 who were 90. They did great and the instructors were great about not pushing people to do things they were not comfortable with.
10/26/2015 9:13:26 AM
Is CERT training appropriate for ...Reply: Gayle Geer
...a woman in her 60's?
Just curious.  (c;
10/25/2015 10:21:27 PM
I recommend this class. Reply: newmanpenny
I took a CERT class last year. I was proud to be a part of something that may help save the lives of my elderly neighbors if we have an earthquake or some other catastrophic event. I have had CPR training for over 20 years and used it once to prolong a managers life. This class helps people get to know their neighbors and become a more useful citizen in times of need. Our class was full last year. It was very informative, even if I have to admit that I don't remember everything I do remember a lot and I still have all the reading material. My twenty something son stopped by one day and was very impressed also. I am certain our prepping for "the big one" is worth some investment and as I stated, I am proud to have been a student of this wonderful program. 
10/25/2015 3:02:19 PM
costReply: Beverley
seems to me that no matter how you do the math it comes out to $133.33 per person............

$600,000 divided by 4500 persons = $133.33  (same when challenged via the other information provided....)

Hopefully this will alleviate fears and more individuals will be motivated to participate.  An educated community is certainly a benefit, no telling when any one of us could use their training.  
10/25/2015 1:32:03 PM
CERT coursesReply: Maven
Elaine, do you anticipate/know if these classes will be offered again during the summer months?
10/25/2015 12:43:55 PM
CERT purpose and cost.Reply: jakes222
Hugh & Others:
I just completed the CERT training class last weekend at Jurupa Valley.  FEMA provides all of the equipment and supplies.  Riverside County provides the instructors.
We live near the end of the Earth.  In the event of a major earthquake or major flooding (El Nino?) the Greater Lake Mathews area will be one of the last communities that first responders arrive to.  I would like to think that we as a community could take care of each other providing rescue and first aid until other help arrives.  Let's face it, first responders are going to provide their services where they can do the most good for the most people.
The CERT program provides training for uniform response in these situations by providing members in the community with the same level of training, which hopefully in case of a disaster, will provide a team work response.
Having been a first responder before 9-1-1 and the word paramedic was invented, I welcome this type of training in my community.  Who knows, the life you save may be your own or a family members.
10/25/2015 11:48:32 AM
CERT Training Cost Efficiency Reply: Hugh

Information from FEMA web site - riverside CERT

Number of 

Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:2

The Cert program has been in existence since Jan. 2011 in Riverside. They hold training classes 50 times per year (50 x 4 yrs = 200 classes). During that time 4500 people have completed the class: 4500 dived by 200 = 22.5 grads per class. At a cost of $3000 per class (as stated in the post) to the Country (the taxpayers) that works out to over $600,000 and a cost of $26K per certified individual.

Oh, but wait. The FEMA website indicates there are supplemental classes that are recommend or required. Even more cost to the taxpayer.

Here is the bottom line as I see it: You attend one of the CERT classes and complete it. You just cost the taxpayers of Riverside $26,000.00 dollars


10/24/2015 9:39:10 PM
CERT (Community Emergency ResponseTeam) Classes - FreePost: ElaineW
Hi All,
There are two CERT Class coming up one in Menifee on November 6th, 7th, & 8th and one in Perris on November 20th, 21st, & 22nd. Both classes are Friday, Saturday & Sunday. (Friday is a night class).
You can register at www.RivCoCert.org  and see other dates and locations they may have available.
If you register please make sure to go or let them know if life changes and you can't make it.  The class cost the county $3k and they like to have as many as possible. 
The Woodcrest class got canceled because of low registration.  I went to one this weekend in Bear Creek, that almost got canceled because only 7 of the 20 registered showed up.  Thankfully it was allowed to continue and I'm now CERT Trained.  YAY!!
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