What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their community and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during hands on exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
When is the next class? How can I sign up?
Classes are formed several times each year and run either on weekend days or evenings during the week. Seats are limited in each class in order to insure that each team member receives the best training possible.
For additional information about CERT contact:
Captain Dennis Barwick - Click to Email
Engineer Chris Fetner - Click to Email
Who may join CERT?
Anyone who is interested in helping his or her neighborhood prepare for a disaster and provide assistance afterward. Team training is preferred however persons may be trained even if they are not affiliated with a team.
What is the course content? What will I learn?
The basic course will include those components to get the team started and become capable of performing basic CERT functions. Classes are scheduled to accommodate the needs of each team and are available on Saturdays. Each member must complete four 4 hour classes in the following seven areas to become certified.
- Disaster Preparedness: Instructs team members how to prepare themselves, families, and their neighborhoods for various hazards that may occur.
- Team Organization and Disaster Psychology: Addresses organization and management principles necessary for a CERT to operate successfully. Covers critical incident stress debriefing for victims as well as workers.
- Medical Operations: Team members will learn how to conduct triage, establish medical treatment areas, and provide basic first aid for victims.*
- Damage Assessment: Team members will learn how to rapidly assess damage employing a standardized format used throughout the county.
- Disaster Simulation: A small-scale disaster simulation, located in the team’s neighborhood, is also a part of the basic program.
- Fire Suppression: Team members will learn how to use fire extinguishers and other equipment to suppress small fires.
- Light Search and Rescue: Team members will learn light search and rescue planning, techniques, and rescuer safety.
- * CPR is not considered a component of CERT training.