Community Emergency Response Team Training

Upcoming Training | March 15 and 22 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

The Office of Emergency Management hosts a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on a regular basis. In this training, CERT members will learn how to be self-sufficient for 72 hours following a major emergency or disaster. CERT members are volunteers who others in the community will rely on to meet their immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs. Space for training is limited. For more information, call (972) 721-2183 or send an email to cert@cityofirving.org.

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About CERT

Following a major disaster, community members may have to rely on one another to meet their immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs. Become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, and learn how to help yourself, your family and neighbors in the event of a large-scale emergency or disaster.

CERT members are trained to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours following a major incident. Team members also will learn how to provide critical support to professional first responders, assistance to disaster victims, and how to spontaneously organize volunteers at disaster sites.

Components

CERT members will be instructed on basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The hands-on training program consists of the following unit:

  • Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness
  • Unit 2 – Fire Safety
  • Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Operations – Part 1
  • Unit 4 – Disaster Medical Operations – Part 2
  • Unit 5 – Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Unit 6 – CERT Organization
  • Unit 7 – Disaster Psychology
  • Unit 8 – Terrorism and CERT
  • Unit 9 – Course Review and Disaster Simulation

 CERT Member Criteria

  • Able to perform physical activities
  • For ages 18 and older
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Possess a valid driver’s license

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For more information on the CERT training program, contact Alyson Barrow, assistant emergency management coordinator, at

  (972) 721-2183 or CERT@cityofirving.org.