What is CERT?
Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are trained to help communities lessen the effects of a disaster during the first 72 hours when roads, communications, power, gas service and other utilities have been disrupted and professional emergency response teams are unable to get to the area.
Why is CERT necessary?
Each year across the country, there are communities that fall victim to a disaster. This may be in the form of a manmade disaster or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood.
The damage caused by disasters effect all elements of society and government. These catastrophic events: severely restrict and overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation, and utilities.
Many individuals and neighborhoods may be cut-off from outside support.
When we hear about disasters or see them on the news, we often take the attitude it always happens to someone else, BUT:
The purpose of the C.E.R.T training is to provide private citizens with the basic skills that they will need to handle virtually all of their needs and then to respond to their communities in the aftermath of a disaster.
WHAT IS MURRAY CITY DOING NOW?
Murray City Fire Department (MCFD) has been teaching CERT classes since 1996. We are now in the process of organizing our CERT members into three districts. Each district will have a certain location to respond to in case of an emergency. From that location, the team could be deployed to help out citizens in need.
WHEN IS THE NEXT CLASS ?
We will be starting a new C.E.R.T. class for the public starting sometime in January. If you or your civic/church groups are interested in attending please contact George Zboril.
George Zboril, Fire Inspector
If you would like to be contacted when future schedules are available, please fill out the CERT INTEREST FORM. Please email George Zboril with questions or to indicate your interest in the course;
Below is the class agenda. Classes usually meet one night a week for 8 weeks, and end with a mock drill.
Introduction to disasters, impact of disasters on infrastructures, hazards posed by buildings and non structural items, the role of CERT’s in disaster response.
Disaster Fire Suppression
Identifying and reducing the potential fire hazards, basic fire suppression strategy, fire fighting resource, fire fighting techniques.
Disaster Medical Operations Part 1
Treatment strategies for life threatening conditions and principles of triage.
Disaster Medical Operations Part 2
Head to toe assessments, treatment for head wounds, fractures, sprain, burns and other injuries.
Light Search and Rescue
Search & Rescue priorities and resources,
techniques for size-up and search, lifting & cribbing, and victim removal.
Disaster Psychology & Team Organization
The post-disaster emotional environment, CERT strategies, and documentation.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
This section is new to the CERT curriculum.
It is based on the events that have been taking place in past years. It talks about types on man made chemical weapons, terrorist activity and awareness in the community.
Course Review and Disaster Simulation.
We will have a mock disaster scenario review of course material and finally a graduation ceremony.