The Riverside County Fire Department/Office of Emergency Services
(OES) is preparing communities for emergencies. Following a major disaster,
first responders who provide fire and medical assistance will not be able to
immediately meet all of the demands for their services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Program provides for
community self-sufficiency in order to meet the general public's urgent life
saving and sustenance needs until emergency personnel arrive. The Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster
preparedness and trains them in basic response skills, such as fire safety,
light search and rescue, and disaster medial operations. Using their training,
CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an
event and can take a more active role in preparing their community.
Riverside County Program participants will receive a CERT Kit. These kits
contain a green Riverside County CERT labeled backpack, green CERT labeled
safety helmet, green CERT labeled vest along with other items to start building
a response kit. Participant will also receive a training manual and official
Certificate of Completion.
Module I, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Addresses hazards to
which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that
participants and their families take before, during, and after a disaster.
Module II, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION: Briefly covers fire
chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies;
the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling
utilities, and extinguishing a small fire.
DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I: Participants practice diagnosing and
treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and
rapid treatment techniques.
Module IV, DISASTER MEDICAL
OPERATIONS, PART II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe
assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid,
and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: Participants learn about search and rescue
planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and most important,
Module VI, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM
ORGANIZATION: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the
disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management
principles and the need for documentation.
COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION: Participants review and practice the
skills that they have learned during the previous six modules.