Community Emergency Response Team - Volunteer Program

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Train to be a CERT Volunteer

The September 2017 CERT class is full. The next course starts in February 2018 with registration opening in October.

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What is CERT?
Providing help before first responders arrive

Community Emergency Response Team training gives people decision-making and physical skills to offer immediate assistance to the community. While people will respond to others in need without the training, CERT's goal is to help them do so effectively without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

Local governments prepare for emergencies. However, there are emergency situations that can overwhelm the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department’s immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, state and federal resources can be activated, there may be a delay in them getting to those who need it.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the fire department, CERT members can assist others by using the basic response tools and skills to help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.

A six-week training course is usually offered twice in a year.  The classes meet once a week for three hours and culminate in a final disaster simulation exercise. More information is on the 2017 CERT flyer.

CERT training covers:

  • Introduction to CERT: Terrorism awareness; Disaster preparedness
  • Fire and Utility Safety:  Use of fire extinguisher; Utility identification, shut-off and safety
  • Disaster Medical Operations: Principles of triage and Life threatening injuries
  • Disaster Medical Operations: Major function of disaster medical; Patient evaluation and treatment
  • Light Search and Rescue: Search and Rescue size up; Conducting searches; Conducting rescue operations
  • Disaster Psychology / CERT Organization
  • Putting new skills and tools to the test at a Final Disaster Simulation Exercise

For any questions regarding the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department's Community Emergency Response Team, please contact the department's training center at 480-858-7255.