The Fairfield Office of Emergency Management and the Fairfield Citizen Corps Council will sponsor Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on Saturdays from Feb. 23 to March 23. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fire Training Center on One Rod Highway.

The free training focuses on disaster preparedness and emergency response skills and special training to aid in sheltering, according to a news release. Participation is limited to applicants at least 18 years old, and advance registration is required.

Fairfield CERT has been activated to open the evacuation shelter in Fairfield and has also helped in traffic control during major events.

The state-approved curriculum for basic training includes disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology and terrorism. Classes will also be given in sheltering for people and pets, a critical need for people with companion pets who are evacuated to a local shelter, the release states.

For information and registration forms, contact Norma Peterson, the council's coordinator, at or 203-255-3554. Forms can also be picked up at the Fairfield Fire Department headquarters, 140 Reef Road.