Citizens Emergency Response Team

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people 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’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned 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 shills by participating in exercises and activities.  They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the department and others that further their skills base.  Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

CERT members learn to:
Identify and anticipate hazards withing their community
Learn how to prepare themselves for a disaster
Reduce fire hazards in the home and work place
Extinguish small fires
Assist emergency responders when necessary
Conduct light search and rescue
Develop safe techniques for debris removal and victim removal
Set-up treatment areas and command center
Apply basic medical techniques