My office recently partnered with the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services to offer the first CERT Academy in North Fair Oaks (and the first to be taught in both English and Spanish).
The success of this CERT Academy is due in large part to the two engaging instructors – Jeff Norris and Sandra Firpo. Jeff and Sandra led the CERT Academy and kept the 38 participants absorbed in all 8 lectures with their energy and comprehensive knowledge of disaster preparedness.
Jeff is the Emergency Service Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Services (OES). He has been with OES since 2004 and an is active member of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team since 1978. Those participating in this CERT Academy got the benefit of Jeff’s extraordinary knowledge of and experience in public safety. Jeff’s enthusiasm of what could be dry subject-matter kept the participants engaged.
Sandra Firpo has a long history with CERT Academies all over San Mateo County. The fact that she is bilingual and co-taught the course in Spanish was key to its success. The cohort truly appreciated her enthusiasm and passion in disaster preparedness.
Thank you, Jeff and Sandra, for all your hard work and dedication and preparing our community leaders for any disaster!