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, CERTs have been established in hundreds of commMODULEies.
CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for residents, Community organizations, & businesses to train in basic response skills and form cohesive Teams. CERT members are then integrated into the existing 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 learn during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies:
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CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training opportMODULEies offered by the sponsoring agency and others that further their skills base. Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve Community emergency preparedness.
CERT Training will teach participants to….
Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and commMODULEies.
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
Employ basic treatment for various wounds.
Conduct triage & head-to-toe assessments.
Select and set up a command & treatment areas.
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.
Be more aware of the meaning of terrorism
Work as a team to employ all of these skills
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The full curriculum discussed above is normally conducted in 10 three-hour sessions. However depending on organization needs, the curriculum may be tailored. The above topics may be focused on more heavily or removed entirely as desired, i.e. a greater focus on Biological, Chemical, and Radiation materials and Incident Command Structure (ICS) may be more appropriate for medically trained individuals as opposed to discussing transport & treatment of the injured.
Training culminates in a Table Top Exercise or a Full Scale Disaster Simulation providing real-time hands-on training & experience to course participants.
Those participating in the Disaster Simulation must have, at a minimum, a Helmet, Goggles, Mask, Vest, Gloves, and Safety Boots.
Segments may be taught by field experts familiar with the curriculum under the guidance of the State Certified Emergency Response Team Trainer.