City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department launched Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Pilot Programme in Region 6 at the Mamelodi Council Chambers on 9 May 2021.
MMC for Community Safety and Emergency Service, Ms Karen Meyer, said the CERT Programme educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their community and trains them in basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organisation and disaster medical operations.
“It also assists in reducing the adverse impacts of the identified hazards and risks within the community,” she said.
Ms Meyer said the intention of this training is to capacitate CERT member to work within the boundaries of their training, through which they can help themselves, their family and neighbours and the community at large.
“The pilot project in Region 6 will be conducted by the ESD Disaster Risk Management Section and Fire and Rescue Operations Division, as well as Fire Protection Association of South Africa (FPASA),” she said.
Ms Meyer said the initiative illustrates the critical role of meaningful partnerships in pursuing a safe and secure Tshwane.
“While communities often only encounter ESD personnel in times of emergency, crisis, or disaster, they’re not helpless spectators and should be partners in their own safety, security and well being” she said.
Ms Meyer said, “the CERT programme is, therefore, an important element in giving safety, security and well being. The City is immensely grateful for the contribution of SANTAM and the FPASA”.