Community Emergency Response Team
The Weber Fire District can help your organization or your community be better prepared to handle disasters. Each year a number of communities fall victim to some disaster. This may be in the form of an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, blizzard, flood or “man-made” disasters. Damage caused by natural disasters such as these effect all elements of society and government.
Community Emergency Response Teams are trained to help communities mitigate disasters during the first 72 hours following a disaster when damaged roads, disrupted communications, high call volume, etc., may restrict access by professional emergency response teams. The purpose of CERT training is to provide private citizens with the basic skills that they will need to handle nearly all of their own needs in the aftermath of disaster.
The CERT Course consists of 21 hours of training. Classes are taught by trained emergency personnel of the Weber Fire District, including firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians. Course topics are: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology and Team Organization, and Terrorism in CERT. The ideal class size is 10 or more participants. Cost is $25.00 per student which includes instruction, books and equipment.
By working together, CERTs can assist in saving lives and protecting property using the basic techniques in this course. To arrange CERT training for your group or community contact certified CERT Program Manager.