ATTENTION: scroll down to access the online training sessions which are prerequisites to the 16-hour in person sessions we host every 1-2 months. Contact us for more info if you are not a member.
THE HISTORY OF CERT:
In 1985, The City of Los Angeles Fire Department developed a pilot program to train a group of leaders in a neighborhood watch organization. A concept developed involving multi-functional volunteer response teams with the ability to perform basic fire suppression, light search and rescue, and first aid. This first team of 30 people completed training in early 1986 and proved that the concept was viable through various drills, demonstrations, and exercises. Today, there are CERTs in 50 states, three US territories and six foreign countries.
ABOUT NCSDF CERT:
For the NCSDF CERT, we make sure that our own families and neighborhoods are safe FIRST, and are ready to deploy when called out by a Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Management Personnel, or at the request of a community member under certain conditions.
We train monthly on a wide range of topics and connect our members to CERT training resources and other area CERT training centers.
Our members are your neighbors – men and women from various backgrounds and with a broad range of personal and professional skills. They are all dedicated to make North Carolina communities better for all of us.
ROLES of CERT:
CERTs are not intended to replace a community’s response capability, but rather, to serve as an important supplement to it. CERT members must keep their own safety in mind as their first priority. CERT volunteers must know their capabilities and the limitations of their training and equipment and work within those limitations. Team members are considered “Good Samaritans” and are covered under the Volunteer Protection Act. When deployed appropriately, however, CERTs can complement and enhance the first-response capability in neighborhoods and workplaces by ensuring the safety of themselves and their families working outward to the neighborhood or office and beyond until first responders arrive. CERTs can then assist first-response personnel as directed. CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.
As a member of NCSDF CERT, you can respond to disasters, participate in drills and exercises, and take additional training. CERTs are known and trusted resources to emergency responders and their communities. Under the direction of local emergency responders, CERTs help provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims, providing damage assessment information, and organizing other volunteers at a disaster site. Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential workforce for performing duties such as shelter support, crowd control and evacuation. The role of a CERT volunteer is to help others until professional emergency personnel arrive.
In addition to supporting emergency responders during a disaster, the CERT program builds strong working relationships between emergency responders and the people they serve. CERTs also help the community year-round by helping with community emergency plans, neighborhood exercises, preparedness outreach, fire safety education, and workplace safety.
CERT Resources and Important Links:
- National Association for Search and Rescue: https://nasar.org/
- FEMA CERT Home: https://community.fema.gov/PreparednessCommunity/s/welcome-to-cert
- CERT User Guide: Click Here to Download
- CERT Basic Training Participant Manual: Click Here to Download
- Hybrid CERT Basic Training Online: https://cert.hazready.com/CourseCatalog?friendlyId=DP000047
- FEMA CERT Training Materials Ordering Page: https://orders.gpo.gov/icpd/ICPD.aspx
HYBRID CERT TRAINING – 3-PART WEBINAR SERIES
Once all three above training sessions are completed, you can complete the Hybrid CERT Training Webinar Certificate and Post-Test Certification to receive your certificate. This certificate is the pre-requisite to the 16-hour classroom training session.
The 16-hour classroom training sessions are typically two 8-hour days of in-person training with a local CERT certified trainer. At the end of the two-day training, members become fully CERT certified and eligible to become part of a local CERT. Contact us if you are interested in joining a local CERT.