SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- The streets of Sioux City are a little safer today. That's because 15 men and women are now graduates of the "Community Emergency Response Team" program, also known as "CERT."
They've spent a total of 18 hours learning skills like disaster preparedness, fire suppression, and CPR. One of the program's goals is to train folks to better understand what emergency personnel are up against, so they can help out if police and fire officials need it.
Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says, "Public safety can't be everywhere that they're needed and to have people that are trained in basic response skills sure means a lot."
Support from Homeland Security funds the CERT program. It's been around in Sioux City since 2003.