In Memoriam

Gary Ries

It saddens us to announce that our dear friend, Deputy Director, and Instructor for the Martinez Area CERT, Gary Ries, passed away on Sunday February 15, 2015. Gary wanted everyone to know that he had a wonderful life, had no regrets, and enjoyed his life to the fullest. We will all miss him.

The Martinez Area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

To become a CERT member, you must complete a FREE 20 hour CERT Basic Training course and participate in at least one exercise per year. Continuing Education opportunities are available for free to all CERT members.

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