The Gulfport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is offered to citizens in the area so that they can become educated and efficient on a number of subjects.
Some of the topics include fire safety, life search and rescue, triage and medical operations. Basic disaster response skills are instilled in CERT members from day one.
The course to become a CERT member is seven weeks long and covers classroom time as well as exercises.
On Tuesday night, 9 new CERT members were welcomed to the famiy.
CERT's goal is to offer support to local emergency response agencies. Members become a more active element in the community and lend a hand, when needed, to the professionals.