The Montecito Emergency Recovery and Response Group (MERRAG) graduated its first-ever class of community volunteers with certificates over the weekend.
The Montecito Fire Department hosted the intensive 20-hour course.
The CERT program not only educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for emergencies but also trains them for non-emergency events.
Volunteers learn skills related to fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations.
"CERT is an essential component of our communities resiliency efforts. We are grateful that so many community members attended this inaugural course and look forward to hosting several more," said Montecito Fire Chief Kevin Taylor.
The next MERRAG courses will take place next year.
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