Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

Training

Total training is usually about 20 hours, scheduled in 2-4 hour modules, over a period of weeks or months, in order to address the scheduling needs of team members. It's held in the community or county where you live.

Training courses, student materials and equipment are provided free of charge.

If you are an individual looking to join a local CERT Team, contact your municipal emergency management coordinator to see if the program is already active in your community, or if a CERT program is being developed. To find the telephone number of the municipal emergency management office, look in the telephone directory, or contact your County CERT Coordinator (12k pdf). Or, call 1-877-CERT-411 (1-877-237-8411) to obtain information about teams forming in your area.

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  • Disaster Preparedness
    Introduction to disasters specific to the community, and  the impact of disaster on infrastructure.
  • Disaster Fire Suppression
    Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards and  basic fire suppression.
  • Disaster Medical Operations
    Part I: Treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions and principles of triage.

    Part II: Head-to-toe patient  assessment and  treatment for various injuries.

  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
    Techniques for sizing  up and  searching, lifting, cribbing and  removing victims; rescue safety.
  • Disaster Psychology & Team Organization
    The  post-disaster emotional environment will be discussed. CERT organization, decision making and  documentation.
  • Terrorism
    A brief  overview of terrorism weapons. Identifying targets in an area  and  discuss time/distance/shielding.

  • Final Exercise
    Disaster Simulation realistic to your  community.

  • Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities.
  • Describe the function of CERT and their roles in  immediate response.
  • Take steps to prepare themselves for disaster.
  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in  their homes and workplaces.
  • Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
  • Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
  • Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
  • Perform head-to-toe assessments.
  • Select and set  up a treatment area.
  • Employ basic treatments for various wounds.
  • Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
  • Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
  • Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.

The CERT T-T-T course is open to all police, fire emergency management and other approved personnel who will be implementing the CERT program in their communities. The course will provide the basics in managing and implementing the CERT program. There is no cost for attending this course.