For additional information, send a message to the CERT team.
You may also directly register online for upcoming Training courses.
Show All Answers
CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team, an initiative that came out of President Bush’s call in 2002 to Americans to volunteer service to their country.
CERT is one of the primary training initiatives to prepare the public to meet the challenge of a natural or man-made calamity or disaster in their community. It is one of five programs that fall under the umbrella of The Citizen Corps Program (CCP) which was created to spearhead this effort to harness the power of individuals through education, training and volunteer service. Other CC Programs include Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Fire Corps, and Medical Reserve Corps.
The program envisions that trained citizens who volunteer can make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues and disasters of all kinds.
Hundreds of communities in all 50 states and Puerto Rico have established CERT programs.
CERT training promotes partnership between emergency responders in a community and its residents by providing them the knowledge and skills that can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until first responders arrive. Emergency personnel will train residents on basic disaster response skills; CERT-trained members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.
If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying their basic response and organizational skills until the first responders arrive. CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises, refresher and advanced training. Members can also volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.
CERT trained volunteers will learn:
Any resident over the age of 18 with a desire to develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. Community groups such as Condo/Townhouse/Apartment Associations, Neighborhood Groups, Small and large Businesses, Communities of Faith and School Staffs are all encouraged to participate.
Instruction includes lecture and practical hands-on involvement including the use of fire extinguishers and splinting and bandaging victim’s injuries. Refer to the specific training course syllabus on our training webpage for more information.
Yes, CERT training is free.
The City Councils recognize the value of residents being prepared for emergencies and disasters. Community-based preparedness planning allows residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors in emergencies and disasters until first responders arrive.
CERT training will help residents to better respond to those affected by emergencies and disasters until the arrival of first responders and prevent these residents from becoming victims themselves.
The Cosumnes Fire Department schedules classes at various times throughout the year. Please refer to the CERT Training webpage for specific course schedules.