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Free Disaster Preparedness Training in Kahului

August 4, 2016, 1:05 PM HST
* Updated August 4, 1:08 PM
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The Maui Civil Defense Agency will host Community Emergency Response Team training classes throughout August and September, in Kahului.

CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. Volunteers will be trained in basic disaster response skills; such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

CERT training in fire suppression. Photo courtesy Maui Civil Defense Agency.

CERT training in fire suppression. Photo courtesy Maui Civil Defense Agency.

CERT volunteers will use their training learned from the classroom and from exercises to assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available for help.

Volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness and other community projects.

CERT training is a 24-hour program, taught over several days by Maui Fire Department instructors, consisting of classroom instruction and field exercises.

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CERT training is open to individuals of all abilities, age 18 and older, with no previous experience needed. Ages 14-17 may attend with a parent or legal guardian.

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The class size is limited and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Participants must register to attend the training.

Kahului classes will be held at the following times:

Aug. 9 Tuesday 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Aug. 16 Tuesday 5:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 23 Tuesday 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Aug. 30 Tuesday 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Sep. 6 Tuesday 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Sep. 13 Tuesday 5:30-9 p.m.
Sep. 20 Tuesday 5:30-8 p.m.
Sep. 24 Saturday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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All classes are required to complete the course.

To register for a CERT course, contact Maui Civil Defense at (808) 270-7285 or via email at [email protected].

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