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CERT Course Content

The basic course will include those components necessary to get the team started and become capable of performing basic CERT functions. Each member must complete four four-hour classes in the following areas to become certified. Classes are scheduled to accomodate the needs of each team and are available daytime or evening, seven days a week.

Teams will learn:

  • Disaster Preparedness: Instructs team members how to prepare themselves and their neighborhoods for the various hazards that may occur.
  • Team Organization and Disaster Psychology: Addresses organization and management principles necessary for a CERT to operate successfully. Covers critical incident stress for victims as well as workers.
  • Medical Operations: Team members will learn how to conduct triage, establish medical treatment areas, and provide basic first aid for victims.
  • Damage Assessment: Team members will learn how to rapidly assess damage employing a standardized format used throughout the county.
  • Distaster Stimulation: A small-scale disaster simulation, located in the team's neighborhood, is also a part of the basic program.
  • Fire Suppression: Team members will learn how to use extinguishers and other equipment to suppress small fires.
  • Light Search and Rescue: Team members will learn light search and rescue planning, techniques, and rescuer safety.

Continuing Education:

* Refresher classes are held several times a year and are open to all teams based on availability and need. Additonal courses such as C.P.R., Terrorism Awareness, and presentations by professionals from both the public and private organizations may be taught throughout the year. Call the CERT information line at 540-468-2604 for training updates.

* Large-scale disaster simulations are held once a year where all teams are invited to particpate.




Last Updated: 09/01/2003


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