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FILE - Layton is offering two nine-week Community Emergency Response Team courses beginning Jan.15 and 18.

LAYTON — The city is offering two nine-week Community Emergency Response Team courses beginning Jan. 15 and 18.

The classes are taught by trained personnel, such as firefighters, and will provide basic training to improve community self-reliance in the event of a major disaster.

Participants will receive training in disaster awareness; CERT team organization; fire suppression; disaster first aid; search and rescue; disaster psychology; and terrorism awareness.

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The courses will be taught on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and will conclude with a simulated mock disaster on Saturday, March 9, where participants apply the skills learned.

Cost is $25 per person and includes a comprehensive manual, CERT helmet, safety glasses, gloves and some basic first aid supplies. The courses will be held at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 210 Chapel St.

To register for either course, log on to laytoncity.org/LC/EmergencyManagement/CERT. For more information, please call 801-336-3940. A minimum of 15 students must be registered two weeks prior to the class start date or the course may be canceled.