Community EmergencyResponse Team: CERT


CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability of their area.

Following a disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand of these services. Factors such as number of victims, communications failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. The citizens may have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life save and life sustaining needs. CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. Finally,

CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

CERT Training will teach participants to:

  1. Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes & communities.
  2. Describe the function of CERT & their roles in immediate response.
  3. Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster.
  4. Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes & workplaces.
  5. Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, & safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
  6. Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, & treating shock.
  7. Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
  8. Perform head-to-toe assessments.
  9. Select and set up a treatment area
  10. Employ basic treatment for various wounds.
  11. Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
  12. Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
  13. Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
  14. Describe ways to protect rescuers during search & rescue.

Sample Course Syllabus



Santa Cruz County Emergency Management
2150 N. Congress Drive, Suite #110,
PHONE: (520) 375-8000, FAX: (520) 375-8001.