Residents of Del Rey and surrounding communities have the opportunity to take free Los Angeles City Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at three different locations and times, and in two languages. The classes began October 13th.

The Del Rey course options include day or night English-language training, as well as an evening Spanish-language course.

CERT training is typically one 2‡-hour day or evening session per week, for seven weeks. Each class is an independent module, so a missed session can be made up at another time.

Here is the local schedule:

Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Westside Children’s Center, 12120 Wagner St., Del Rey. Reservations, Carlos Cumatz, (310) 390-0551, ext. 440.

— 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Marina del Rey Middle School, 12500 Braddock Drive, Room 56, Del Rey. Reservations, lafdbatt4cert @gmail.com.

Wednesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., taught in Spanish, at the Mar Vista Family Center, 5075 S. Slauson Ave., Del Rey. Reservations, Lucia Diaz, (310) 390-9607.

“It is our primary mission to make Del Rey the safest community on the Westside, through more intensive organization of neighborhood watch groups and a large increase in community members who take these invaluable CERT classes and then build teams that can respond after a major earthquake or other disaster,” said Chris Nevil, president of the Del Rey Homeowners and Neighbors Association, which is sponsoring the Marina del Rey Middle School course.

CERT training prepares civilian volunteers to help prepare for and respond to major disasters.

Although local government prepares for everyday emergencies, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services.

Information on CERT training is available at www.cert-la .com or by (818) 756-9674.

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