The purpose of this Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training is to provide the private citizens who complete this course with the basic skills that they will need to respond to their community's immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. 

CERT Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster.  You can make a difference by using the training and basic techniques of this course to save lives and protect property. 

CERT Training will teach participants to . . .

  • 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 a 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.
  • Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.

Target Audience . . .

The target audience for this course will be private citizens who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster:

  • Neighborhoods
  • Businesses
  • Communities of Faith
  • Scouting Organizations
  • School Staff
  • Clubs / Organizations
  • Retired Medical/ Military /Police

20 Hours of Training . . .

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Disaster Medical Operations / Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries
  • Disaster Medical Operations / Assessment, Treatment, and Hygiene
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Team Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • Final Exercise