Rockwall CERT will be hosting a two day FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Class on February 4th and February 11th 2017. The class is conducted on two consecutive Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, and includes hands-on indoor and outdoor training. Course curriculum includes disaster preparedness, fire safety, controlling utilities, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, introduction to the incident command system, disaster psychology, and terrorism response.
What is CERT?
In 2002, President Bush asked all Americans to volunteer in service to their country. The Citizen Corps program was created to spearhead this effort to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service. Through this effort, it is envisioned that we can make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. CERT was selected as one of the primary training initiatives to be offered to the American public to meet this challenge.
Rockwallâ€™s CERT Program
In 2005, the Rockwall Fire Department developed a CERT program to promote a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve. In every emergency, quick response from a trained person is essential. When disaster strikes, emergency services are quickly overwhelmed and have limited capabilities, leaving families and neighborhoods to support and care for themselves until emergency services can arrive. In major disaster, this can take anywhere from a few hours to several days. The goal of CERT is to provide basic response training that individuals can use in their own home, neighborhood, and work place. The volunteer members of Rockwall CERT come from various neighborhoods, community organizations, and workplaces in the City of Rockwall and surrounding areas, making our community more resilient during disasters. CERT members are also called upon during major disasters, structure fires, and wide area searches to operate under the direction of emergency services if more manpower is needed.
“The Nationally Certified FEMA Course is used to teach Rockwall’s CERT members how to perform essential life-saving functions while awaiting the arrival of professional emergency responders. The course will be taught by a Certified CERT Instructor.
There is NO charge to participate
For more information, please complete the information request form below.”
CERT Equipment Request