TEXSAR CERT Instructors Teach 2012 City of Austin DHS Summer Class

On Saturday June 23, 2012 two TEXSAR Master CERT Instructors taught a Search and Rescue class for the 2012 City of Austin Department of Homeland Security’s summer class. The class was well attended and covered CERT actions during responses to neighborhood based disasters. CERT members are trained to assist their neighbors and communities during the initial response to area disasters and incidents. Mackenzie Kelly and Greg Pyles are the only certified CERT Master Instructors in the Capital Area Council of...

TEXSAR Members Achieve Master CERT Instructor Status

On June 12 two of our TEXSAR members graduated as Master Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructors. This will allow TEXSAR to provide training to new CERT Instructors throughout Texas for both Adult and Teen CERT programs. Mackenzie Kelly and Greg Pyles were two of only nine CERT Instructors from across the State selected to take this training. They were the only graduates from the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) Region. The training was provided by CAPCOG, North Central Texas...

CERT Program in Point Venture

At the request of the Central Texas Community Emergency Response Team Coordinator TEXSAR’s CERT trainers met with the Village of Point Venture Emergency Management team and interested citizens on Wednesday evening, May 30.  Point Venture is launching their first Community Emergency Response Team training and the meeting was to provide information about the program and how TEXSAR would deliver the training and support the program.  City officials will begin scheduling the classes and we will provide the training and CERT program management support.  Great City leadership, hospitality and...

TEXSAR Speaks with Pflugerville Citizens on Patrol

On Thursday evening May 03, 2012 TEXSAR team members were invited to speak to the Pflugerville Citizens on Patrol volunteer group. The folks are also CERT team members. We spoke with them about personal and family preparedness and also discussed ways that TEXSAR could assist them to train a new CERT class for the Pflugerville Police Department. It was a great opportunity to share ideas and meet the Pflugerville team members. ...

TEXSAR Members Complete CERT Train the Trainer Course

Four of our members completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train the Trainer course this week held by the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) and FEMA. This new training capability allows TEXSAR to assist rural jurisdictions and volunteer fire departments as well as “Teen Cert” programs in area high schools to create, train and maintain CERT programs that will provide them with “force multipliers” to respond to large incidents and assist with...

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