Harris County Citizen Corps to Host 5th Annual CERT Rodeo Round-Up
Harris County, TX - Harris County Citizen Corps will hold its fifth annual CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Rodeo on Saturday, February 12th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harris County Fire & Sheriff’s Training Academy, 2318 Atascocita Rd. in Humble. The best time for interviews and video/photo opportunities is between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The competition will give participants from across the state a chance to test medical operations, search and rescue, fire suppression, incident command and essential emergency preparedness skills; as well as their hazmat recognition skills, a new category/station that was added this year.
“The Harris County Citizen Corps is the best in the nation, leading the way through dedicated volunteers trained to help prevent, prepare for and respond to any disaster in their community,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Citizen Corps volunteers make our community a safer place to live each and every day.”
After completing an extensive eight-week course taught by first-responders, CERT members are proficient in emergency preparedness basics that are put to use in their homes, workplace and communities.
Harris County Citizen Corps Program membership includes 234 Community Emergency Response Teams with 10,805 trained residents, 21 Volunteer in Police Service agencies with 5,686 trained volunteers, one Medical Reserve Corps unit with 2,653 trained professionals, 18 cities and 304 neighborhoods participating in the USA on Watch program with 3,937 volunteers, and 22 Fire Corps agencies.
The group’s success is due in large part to its growing partnership with first responders, non-profit agencies, and community organizations.
Last year, Harris County Citizen Corps received honorable mention at the 2010 National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards.
To join Harris County Citizen Corps, or for more information about the 5th Annual CERT Rodeo, go to www.harriscountycitizencorps.com or call (281) JOIN NOW (564-6669). You can also get Harris County Citizen Corps news and updates on Facebook.