About the Community Emergency Response Team Program
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program partners community members and emergency services personnel together for coordinated responses following a catastrophic disaster. During such disasters, communities may not have immediate access to emergency services because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, or unusable roads. CERT trained citizens can help their neighbors and neighborhood.
The Sheriff’s Office and emergency personnel train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, and businesses in disaster preparedness and basic disaster response skills. The nine week training course outline includes:
- Disaster Preparedness
- CERT Organization
- Fire Safety
- Light, Search and Rescue
- Disaster Psychology
- Disaster Medical Operations (Part 1)
- Disaster Medical Operations (Part 2)
- Final Exercise / Graduation
Upon graduation, CERT members use the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to assist their neighborhoods and workplaces following an event when emergency responders are not immediately available. CERT members may also take an active role working with various agencies in emergency preparedness projects.
The next available training session will be offered in September 2014. Training sessions are conducted on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for nine consecutive weeks.
Classes are limited to 25 students.
The CERT Program is available to all residents of the State of Minnesota who are 18 years and older. Participants must pass a criminal background check. Participants must commit for the entire nine week session. Classes are limited to 25 students. Equipment and materials will be provided at no charge.
For more information, or to receive an application, please contact the CERT Training Coordinator via email or by calling 651-266-7333.