CERT Training

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability of their area.

Following a disaster, 1st responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand of these services. Factors such as number of victims, communications failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911.

The citizens may have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life save and life sustaining needs. CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

Training Pictures
Please review the pictures from previous CERT training sessions.

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