Congregation Beth Jacob is playing host to an accelerated version of the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency’s Community Emergency Response Team training.

The free training will be offered in five four-hour Sunday sessions Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 and Feb. 11, starting at 2:30 p.m. each day. Normally, the 10 modules of the CERT training are spread across nine sessions.

If you miss any of the Sunday sessions, you can make them up during the regular CERT training DeKalb is offering in Tucker on Thursday nights, starting Jan. 4, and Tuesday nights, starting Jan. 9.

The training covers issues such as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical triage, evacuation, search and rescue, and terrorism awareness. Each participant who completes at least eight of the 10 modules graduates and earns a certificate, a T-shirt and a CERT emergency kit backpack.

You must submit a notarized application and a background check to take the training. Space is limited, however, so you can sign up first at www.marketpoweronline.com/cert-tocohills, then take care of the application and background check.

You can get the application notarized at Beth Jacob before the first class. The background check can be completed at a police station in five to 10 minutes at a cost of $5.