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Linn County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is offering a four-day basic training academy July 26, August 2, 9, and 16, 2014 at Lebanon Fire Department, 1050 W. Oak Street, Lebanon. Classes last from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. Cost for the full course is $20 per person.

cert-logosLinn County CERT’s goal is to help prepare communities and neighbors throughout the county for emergencies including earthquakes, storms and floods. Training covers emergency preparedness at home and at work; small-fire suppression; disaster medical triage and treatment; and light search and rescue. Sessions will inclue group discussion, question-and-answer time, and practical applications of knowledge and skills learned.

Many current CERT members are part of other response groups and have found that cross training is beneficial to everyone. Members have a wide variety of skills, abilities and interests who make up three teams throughout the county. All are volunteers.

CERT has two types of members:

  • Community members, who do not respond to emergencies, but help in their own neighborhoods.
  • CERT Responders who help their families first, then respond to other emergencies if the need arises

The Linn County CERT program is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations, neighbors helping neighbors. To learn more or register for training, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 541-829-9321.