Nineteen new members of the Patterson and West Stanislaus area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) were sworn in during the Dec. 1 City Council meeting in City Hall.
Fire Capt. Mike Ambrosino and Fire Prevention Specialist Carrie Silveira run the program, which has graduated three classes since 2014, providing citizens with disaster preparedness and response training as well as basic emergency skills.
“These are people who have a desire to help in some way, shape or form,” Ambrosino said. The local program has produced a total of 37 CERT members.