CRESTVIEW — The North Okaloosa Community Emergency Response Team will conduct basic certification training free of charge to individuals age 18 and up. No special skills or experience are required.

The training prepares individuals to help themselves, their families and neighbors, and assist emergency responders in the first 72 to 96 hours after a natural or human-made disaster.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26; 1-5 p.m. Oct. 27; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2; 1-5 p.m. Nov. 3. All classes are at Crestview Fire Station No. 1, 321 N. Woodruff Ave., Crestview.

Attendance at all sessions is required for certification.

Through lecture, hands on practice and simulated scenarios, trainees will learn about first aid, disaster psychology, fire prevention and fire safety, disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, and terrorism.

Completion of the class does not create any obligation to become part of North Okaloosa CERT, but it does qualify the student to be part of any Community Emergency Response Team in the country.

Preregistration is required. Fill out the CERT application at or to register.