Gilbert Fire & Rescue set to certify more volunteers through classes


Gilbert Fire & Rescue will be holding Community Emergency Response Teams classes on Wednesdays from Jan. 30-March 6 to form volunteer teams of neighborhood or workplace members who want to be better prepared for the hazards that may threaten their communities.

The classes run from 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday, and a class member must complete all the classes to be certified. The classes are held at the Gilbert Fire & Rescue Amphitheater, 85 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert.

Teams are a part of community preparedness and response capability. CERT programs have been used for:

  • distribute and/or install smoke alarms and batteries to the elderly and disabled;
  • assist with evacuations and traffic control;
  • promote community awareness of potential hazards and preparedness measures;
  • supplement staffing at special events, such as parades; and
  • act as victims in training exercises.

The classes cover:

  • Jan. 30: disaster preparedness and terrorism
  • Feb. 6: fire safety
  • Feb. 13: medical operations I
  • Feb. 20: medical operations II
  • Feb. 27: search and rescue
  • March 6: disaster psychology
  • March 13: skills development

For more information, call 480-503-6300 or visit

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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