CERT Training for community groups is usually delivered in a 2½ day format: Friday 6–10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m and Sunday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The training consists of the following:
- Disaster preparedness
- Fire safety
- Disaster medical operations - Triage and treating life threatening injuries
- Disaster medical operations - Assessment, treatment and hygiene
- Light search and rescue
- Team organization
- Disaster psychology
- Terrorism and CERT
- Final exercise
Each session requires about two hours for completion. For more information about CERT Teams, please visit Citizens Corps. To obtain more information about CERT in the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, please call 636-379-3816 or email Officer Gene DeLaney at email@example.com.
CERT Training will teach participants to:
- Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities.
- 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, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
- Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
- Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
- Perform head-to-toe assessments.
- Select and set up a treatment area.
- Employ basic treatments for various wounds.
- Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
- Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.