“COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM SENIOR CITIZEN FIRE SAFETY TRAINING” PROGRAM
Contra Costa County Cities. Citizen Corps.
Community Emergency response Team (CERT)
Bay Area, California, USA.
"Seniors are at significantly higher risk of dying in a home fire than the rest of the U.S. population. What can seniors do to reduce this risk and protect their home? This program is utilized in Assisted Living Homes, Senior Apartment Complexes, City Senior Centers, and Senior Homeowners Associations."
The "Senior Citizen Fire Safety Training" Program falls under the umbrella of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which teaches neighbors how to help neighbors in the event of disaster or extreme emergency. The program focuses on elderly emergency response.
The program is a six-week training course. Seniors and other participants learn about:
-How to help others with emergency response in a major disaster
-How to stop small fires
-Light search and rescue
-Disaster psychology, applying principles to a suspected terrorist incident, triage, and many other emergency response techniques
The "Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) also offers free smoke detectors and free installation for seniors or disabled citizens through the "Smoke Detector Give-A-Way" Program. Up to date smoke detectors are crucial in facilitating elderly emergency response.