The Tempe Fire Department is training residents in January for emergency preparation. The training is part of the city's Community Emergency Response Team, which is a nationwide initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. CERT volunteers are trained by fire department personnel in areas like disaster preparedness, fire safety, treating injuries, and search and rescue. The program's goal is that citizens will put these skills to use in the event of daily or large-scale emergencies.
The free sessions will be held 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 26 to March 1. A second class is scheduled during the same hours on Tuesdays from Jan. 31 to March 6. The classes are held at the Tempe Fire Training Center, 1340 E. University Drive. Participants are required to buy personal protection equipment, such as a hard hat and goggles, at a group rate of about $20 to $25. To register, e-mail TempeCert@gmail.com or call (480) 858-7230.