Community Emergency Response Team
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, using the model created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, began promoting nationwide use of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept in 1994. Since then, CERT teams have been established in hundreds of communities. 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 for their area. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learn during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies. CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the sponsoring agency, and others that further their skills base. Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness. The Community Emergency Response Team course consists of approximately 20 hours of training. Classes are taught by trained personnel from your community. The course agenda includes:
- Class 1 ORIENTATION AND REGISTRATION
- Class 2 DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Introduction to disasters, impact of disasters on infrastructures, the role of CERT in disaster response.
- Class 3 DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION
Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards, basic fire suppression strategy, resources, and techniques.
- Class 4 DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART 1
Treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions and principles of triage.
- Class 5 DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART 2
Head-to-toe assessments, treatment for various injuries
- Class 6 LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
Techniques for size-up and search, lifting, cribbing and removing victims, rescuer safety
- Class 7 PRE-STORM CERT OPERATIONS
Personal readiness, CERT equipment, organizing and deploying your team, communications and terrorism.
- Class 8 FINAL GROUP EXERCISE AND GRADUATION
- Optional Class 9 Tier II Orientation
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