The Coconino County sheriff’s office is holding a Community Response Disaster Training (CERT) to prepare members of the community for disasters. This round of training started on Monday March 2nd and goes until Wednesday March 4th. However, the sheriff’s office also partners with CERT to hold courses like this every month across northern Arizona. Jon Paxton, the Community Programs Planner and head of these training sessions, says the goal of CERT is to prepare everyone for unexpected disasters so they can act as support for the community before first responders arrive.

CERT training is open to all members of the community. Navajo resident Randy White commented that since emergency response takes a long time to arrive in remote regions of the Navajo reservation, he wants to be a helping hand for his community. Furthermore, detention officers-in-training like Bradley Bartell are required to take these, since they may use these skills in their future careers. To get more information or find out when the next training is, contact the Coconino County sheriff’s department.