Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Kent Fire Department began offering the Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) in 1999. Many business people and Kent residents have participated in this successful eight-week program. The Kent Fire Department is committed to providing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training to our community.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has adopted and supports the CERT Program.
The next course will start September 2013. For information contact Kent Office of Emergency Management at (253) 856-4440. To register, return completed application to Kent Office of Emergency Management.
On a normal day, emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies and we all count on them for their expertise. However, following a catastrophic disaster, emergency response personnel may not be able to help everyone immediately, because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and un-passable roads. You can make a difference in our community by using the CERT training we offer to save lives and protect property.
Through a supportive and dynamic adult learning environment, citizens participating in the training will learn to work as a team with the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority to make this community a safer place to live and to work. The purpose of this training is to prevent and/or minimize injuries and increase disaster preparedness within the families and businesses of the greater Kent, Covington, and Fire District 37 response areas.
You will learn...
The CERT members' role in disaster response, hazards most likely to affect their community and how to prepare themselves.
Disaster Fire Extinguishment
To reduce fire risks and engage in limited fire extinguishment using basic safety precautions.
Disaster Medical Operations
How to manage airway obstruction, excessive bleeding, treatment of wounds and shock in disaster victims and methods of prioritizing multiple patients. See CERT Triage Bears for training method.
Search and Rescue
To coordinate searches and rescues as well as searching a structure; debris removal; victim extrication and rescuer protection.
To identify and relieve post-disaster emotional stressors in rescuers and survivors.
How to organize and function as a team with other CERT members during a disaster.